WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the announcement that President Obama will visit Northeast Ohio’s ArcelorMittal, the most productive integrated steel plant in the world. The President’s visit will follow a Senate Commerce Committee hearing this week on manufacturing and the country’s need to create more innovation hubs, like the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown.

“American workers—like those at Cleveland’s ArcelorMittal—are already the most productive in the world. It’s time we build on these gains to ensure that our manufacturers are also the most innovative in the world. Manufacturing is the key to our economic recovery and to good-paying middle-class jobs. By establishing a Network of Manufacturing Innovation, we can provide small businesses with access to the tools and expertise needed to compete in the global economy.” 

In advance of the 2013 State of the Union address, Brown called for the creation of a Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NMI). Brown was joined on the press conference call by his guest to the State of the Union, Gwendolyn Hall, a steelworker at ArcelorMittal. Brown last visited ArcelorMittal in March 2012 to call for stronger “Buy America” policies that protect U.S. steelmakers, particularly those related to the steel purchased for use in armor plate for military vehicles and the steel used in highway, bridge, public transit, rail, aviation infrastructure, and equipment. Brown first visited ArcelorMittal in April 2011 where he was joined by a member of President Obama’s cabinet, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk, to discuss the U.S. steel industry and the importance of ensuring it can compete on a level playing field in the international market. 

Brown and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) are authors of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, bipartisan legislation which would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) to position the United States as, once again, the global leader in advanced manufacturing. The bill would ensure that the U.S. can out-innovate the rest of the world while creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs. Brown and Blunt worked together to pass a bipartisan amendment to the Senate Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 aimed at supporting the creation of a network of manufacturing innovation hubs.