- US Representative Tim Ryan visited the McWane Ductile plant in Coshocton on Thursday. He then went to Diamond Power in Lancaster.
- Ryan is a candidate for the United States Senate and ran for the 2020 presidential nomination as a Democrat.
- Ryan stresses the importance of bringing back manufacturing jobs and buying Americans as important to the nation.
- McWane officials said they were happy to show Ryan the foundry and what their workers do on a daily basis.
COSHOCTON – The importance of manufacturing and job creation in Ohio was highlighted by a Senate candidate visiting Coshocton.
U.S. Representative Tim Ryan from the 13th District of Ohio visited McWane Ductile on Thursday. He also went to Diamond Power in Lancaster. Ryan, a Democrat, is a candidate for the US Senate seat vacated by Rob Portman. The 48-year-old from Niles was briefly a presidential candidate for the 2020 election.
Along with a tour of each facility, Ryan spoke about his focus on reinvesting in Ohio and revitalizing manufacturing. He said Coshocton’s working class and the types of jobs McWane represented were the reason he wanted to make a local stop.
“The United States needs an industrial program where we get manufacturing jobs back. In the last 30 or 40 years where I come from in the Mahoning Valley, we have lost a ton of jobs, thousands of jobs and dozens of factories. what we have to come back to, “he said.” It’s the workers who do everything right. They get up, put on their boots, come to work and they need a little break. ”
Ryan said the purchase of U.S. provisions in the $ 1.2 million infrastructure bill passed by Congress in November can only be good for McWane and Coshocton as a whole.
“If we do everything in the United States to build electric vehicles, build batteries, build charging stations for the new economy around the auto industry, we can create thousands of jobs in places like Coshocton Ryan said. “We can’t keep letting China get away with this stuff.”
Ryan recognizes that Coshocton is a rural county with a strong agricultural center. It has needs like broadband and improved water and sewer lines. He thinks anything infrastructure related and that can be helped by a boost in manufacturing.
“Even in rural communities, a nice manufacturing plant with 500 jobs or a couple with 500 jobs can really fund a lot of local government needs for roads and bridges, schools, libraries, mental health facilities. and all that, ”he said.
The manufacturer of ductile iron pipes is one of the largest employers in Coshocton County with over 500 workers. Managing Director Tom Crawford recognizes Ryan as a supporter of strengthening the country’s manufacturing base and a willingness to buy American products.
“Ryan was able to get a personal and up-close glimpse of what our talented and hardworking union workforce is doing to support America’s critical water infrastructure,” Crawford said. “His goal and genuine concern for the survival of our economy and our community are greatly appreciated.