Senator Portman discusses jobs in Miami Valley

Senator Rob Portman talks with Navistar employees. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)
Senator Rob Portman talks with Navistar employees. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) –Senator Portman spoke with Navistar workers today at the Clark County plant. He said progress made with new jobs at the facility is a sign of improvement for the economy.

“America is at its best when we’re building things. And Ohio is a manufacturing state, so we have to make sure we’re bringing manufacturing back. It’s starting to happen. This plant is an example of that. Washington’s not doing a very good job of helping.”

Senator Portman is working on lowering tax rates to make sure Ohio’s manufacturing jobs are competitive nationally and globally. He says that current tax rates are too high to compete on a global scale, and it’s as if the companies have one hand tied behind their back.

He also wants to open up more public lands and improve pipelines to lower costs for manufacturing companies. One issue addressed was the need to use local natural gas to lower costs for local companies.

The Senator has also sent a letter to President Obama to ensure that Navistar meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards for diesel emissions.

“We were able to work with the EPA and the company to ensure that the problem could be solved without causing a lot of job loss or costs.”

Navistar employs around one-thousand people at the Clark County plant — and Senator Portman says that’s something to ride home about.

Before leaving the facility, Senator Portman hosted a town-hall meeting for workers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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