Event Focuses on Ohio Jobs, Workforce Development, and Fair Trade

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R–Berea) today participated in a manufacturing roundtable organized in conjunction with key industry leaders in Northeast Ohio. The event, hosted by The Mifsud Group and TMG Performance Products in Berea, was coordinated with WIRE-Net, a membership-based, nonprofit economic development organization in Cleveland.

The agenda for the event featured an open dialogue with local manufacturers on jobs and investment in growing energy sectors, adult workforce challenges, career technical education, infrastructure and site redevelopment, and other economic development initiatives.

“My efforts in the House are focused on fighting for job creation and common sense government,” said Dovilla. “That’s why I sought this opportunity to visit with leaders in our manufacturing community to receive input on what more we can do to continue placing Ohio back on a path toward prosperity and more jobs.”

Since January 2011, Rep. Dovilla has been invited into many businesses in the 18th District which manufacture everything from specialty label equipment and parts to small assemblies and pressure gauges. Throughout these visits, he has listened to business owners, workers, and trade representatives and introduced a series of bills to make Ohio more business-friendly, including legislation to renew the state’s commitment to trade education and to revise its tax code to incentivize the purchase of capital equipment. He also authored a unanimously-passed resolution calling on President Obama and the U.S. Congress to cite China as a currency manipulator, which would help American manufacturers compete on a more level playing field in the international marketplace.

“I believe in American businesses and the American worker,” Dovilla said. “By enforcing our trade agreements to create a fair environment in which our people can compete, we will help small businesses put Ohioans back to work manufacturing the high-tech goods Americans need and the world wants. The bottom line is this: Ohio’s manufacturing sector is alive and well. Working together through public-private partnerships to implement sound manufacturing policy, we can and will get our state and nation working again.”


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