BOWLING GREEN, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) Northwest Ohio regional representative, Ann Longsworth Orr, delivered a legislative update to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. During the event at the Grounds for Thought coffee shop and bookstore, Orr updated the Chamber on Brown’s efforts to create jobs in Northwest Ohio, promote investment opportunities, and ensure every American economic opportunity. Afterwards, Brown offered the following statement:

“Wood County has a strong workforce and business community,” Brown said. “But we must do more to give our local businesses the opportunity to succeed. We can do that by focusing on manufacturing and rebuilding our infrastructure. Establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation would create thousands of jobs and ensure the United States remains the global leader in advanced manufacturing. And by rebuilding our bridges and roads, we would strengthen our region’s economic competitiveness while ensuring that thousands of hardworking Ohioans remain on the job.”

Brown continues to fight for Northwest Ohio workers and businesses. Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American Manufacturing,” Brown is a member of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, currently Vice-Chair of the Senate Auto Caucus, and was recently named incoming Chair of the Senate Steel Caucus. Last month, bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation introduced by Brown and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) moved one step closer to becoming law. Brown-Blunt would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing. 

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden visited an infrastructure project in Ohio. In advance of the visit, Brown called for Congress to come together to pass a long-term transportation bill that would fix America’s highways and bridges. The Vice President’s trip to discuss infrastructure investment came as the deadline for Congress to pass critical highway funding fast approaches. Unless the federal transportation bill is reauthorized, critical road and bridge repairs in Ohio will be delayed and thousands of construction jobs will be at risk.