CONCORD TWP., OH – Today marks the beginning of manufacturing camps around Ohio this summer organized by Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office. The first is for Lake and Geauga County students and begins today. Camps are also scheduled to take place in: Athens, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fulton, Guernsey, Jackson, Jefferson, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Muskingum, Ross, Tuscarawas, Stark, Washington and Wood Counties. 

“Ohioans are proud of our state’s long manufacturing history. To keep up that tradition, we must get a new generation interested in our changing manufacturing sector. That’s what these camps are all about,” said Brown. “These camps are helping students around Ohio learn about manufacturing jobs right here in Ohio and the opportunities our manufacturing sector has created for their parents and grandparents.”

In an effort to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing jobs available in Ohio, Brown’s office has teamed up with local manufacturers and plants, community partners and schools for the past five years to host manufacturing camps across Ohio. Campers visit local manufacturers, tour plants, and work with their peers on hands-on projects specific to their communities. The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.

The camps build on Brown’s efforts to boost Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Brown has offered to work with President Trump to broker better trade deals that will boost Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Brown also authored the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which was signed into law in December 2014. The bill created a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation made up of advanced manufacturing hubs to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to leverage resources and spur innovation.