LEIPSIC — United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was in Leipsic
earlier this week, visiting Pro-Tec Coating Company during a swing
through the northern part of the state on Tuesday. Brown discussed his
concerns about, and his plans to support, American manufacturing in a
closed meeting with workers at the steel plant.
In an interview
following the meeting, Brown said, “I know that if trade laws and tax
laws are written in a way that allows America, not makes, but allows
America to be competitive, we’ll do fine.”
But, he added, American
legislators need to act proactively to identify any threats that exist
to maintaining a level playing field for American manufacturers and
on the application of the same environmental, tax and production rules
on all manufacturing facilities, regardless of their nationality, will
allow American manufacturing to remain competitive.
“If the same
rules apply to everybody, they can do just fine,” Brown said. “But they
don’t always, because the world’s a competitive place; sometimes fairly,
Brown also lamented the relatively recent decline
in manufacturing in the U.S. He stated that just 20 years ago,
financial services accounted for ten percent of America’s gross domestic
product, while manufacturing provided over 20 percent. Today, those
numbers have almost reversed. He opined that the problem with such a
state is that financial services, while providing some benefit to the
middle class, principally allows the wealthiest to become wealthier.
Manufacturing jobs , on the other hand, provide more opportunities to a
greater percentage of the population.
Pointing to Pro-Tec, Brown said, “This kind of place creates a middle class.”