WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an announcement by the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company that it will construct a Global Technical Center (GTC) in Findlay. The facility will serve as Cooper Tire’s international headquarters for tire science and technology and create 40 technical jobs.

“Today’s announcement by Cooper Tire is a testament to the skill of its workers and the loyalty of the Findlay community,” Brown said. “I applaud Cooper Tire for being an innovator and job creator in Ohio. The new Global Technical Center will strengthen the local economy and help make driving a little safer.”  

The GTC will be located on the site of Cooper Tire’s current North American Technical Center. With an expected cost of $35.5 million, the facility will be fully operational by the end of 2014.

Brown continues to champion Cooper Tire and its benefit to the Findlay community. In June 2009, Brown testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in support of Cooper Tire, which was being undermined by a flood of Chinese imports dumped into the United States. Following his testimony, the ITC ruled on behalf of domestic tire workers; and President Obama announced that he would enforce “Section 421” trade safeguards that protect American manufacturers from excessive imports. After the ruling, Cooper Tire announced plans to add capacity to its Findlay tire plant. In August 2010, Brown visited with Cooper Tire workers to celebrate the expansion.