WASHINGTON, D.C. –– U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded news that West Chester-based manufacturer AK Steel will invest $36 million to build a new Research and Innovation Center in Middletown. The center will be built within the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor along Interstate 75 and will provide resources for AK Steel’s researchers, scientists, and engineers to enhance the company’s current products and develop new, groundbreaking products and techniques.

“The steel manufacturing industry is critical to Ohio’s economy,” Brown said. “AK Steel’s investment in research and innovation will help ensure that Middletown continues to be a hub for advanced steel manufacturing.”

Brown continues to support the steel manufacturing industry. In October 2014, he introduced the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that would ensure American companies – like AK Steel – have the resources necessary to fight back against unfair foreign competition resulting from violations of trade law. 

In December 2014, Brown’s bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation that would create the first-ever national network of manufacturing hubs was signed into law by President Obama. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) will establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs.