Economy & Jobs

For much of our nation’s history, Ohio’s talented workforce has built the cars and appliances and laid down the rail lines and roads that connected our shores and expanded our economy.  Ohio’s manufacturers, small businesses, farmers, and entrepreneurs helped turn our nation into an economic superpower.  As a result, wages climbed, productivity increased, and more people became part of the middle class. 

As we recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, I will continue to fight for economic policies that strengthen Ohio’s middle class – that create jobs, rebuild American manufacturing, invest in our small businesses, and train workers for new opportunities in new industries. 


Our state has rich manufacturing heritage and network of innovative small businesses. I’ve traveled across our state to facilitate partnerships that advance a “Made in Ohio” agenda that puts Ohioans to work in the good-paying manufacturing jobs in the auto, aerospace, biotech, and clean energy industries. I’m also working to ensure that our state’s small businesses – which create nearly two-thirds of new jobs – have the resources they need to expand operations and hire new workers.

We need a jobs agenda that:  

  • Promotes the expansion of Ohio businesses by strengthening small business lending programs and boosting U.S. exports.
  • Develops Ohio's workforce so that Ohioans are prepared to fill the jobs of the 21st century and revitalizes the state's infrastructure to attract those global industries.
  • Ensures that Ohio industry isn't undermined by unfair trade by pursuing remedies to counteract China's currency manipulation and subsidization of domestic industries.


  • Sen. Brown Goes To Bat For Whirlpool Workers At Hearing Before The International Trade Commission

    Brown Met With Whirlpool Employees Following His Testimony


    WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today on behalf of Ohio workers at the Whirlpool Corp. The USITC held a hearing to determine injury on domestic industry due to unfairly dumped imports of washing machines made by companies in South Korea. These imports place companies that manufacture their product in America, like Whirlpool, at an unfair disadvantage. Whirlpool has facilities and distribution centers in Clyde, Marion, Findlay, Greenville, Ottawa, and Columbus…Read More

    Posted on 12/11/2012 | Workers, Trade, Sen. Brown, Findlay, Columbus, Clyde
  • At Hugo Boss in Brooklyn, Brown Meets with Workers and Provides Updates on New Made-To-Order Production

    BROOKLYN, OH - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Hugo Boss to meet with workers and provide an update on a new production line at the company’s Brooklyn facility. In March 2012, Brown joined company workers to celebrate a new, three-year labor contract that coincided with Hugo Boss’ investment in the new Boss Black collection "Made to Order" program. The new program will allow customers to design their own suiting and shirting, as well as ties and pocket squares, in select Hugo Boss stores within the U.S. market.  All “Made to Order” pieces will be manu…Read More

    Posted on 10/31/2012 | Hugo Boss, Workers
  • Brown Applauds Reports of New Jobs Coming to Navistar in Springfield

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded reports that Navistar, the 4th-largest truck maker worldwide, plans to bring new production to its facility in Springfield, Ohio. The additional production could mean hundreds of new jobs beginning early next year.

    “It’s clear why Navistar is continuing to invest in its Springfield facility: Ohio knows how to make things, and our workers are second-to-none,” Brown said. “When the surrounding community, workers, and management work together, success is sure to follow. These good-paying, highly-skilled jobs are critical to the rebirth of Ohio’s manufacturing industry and…Read More

    Posted on 10/30/2012 | Navistar, Workers, UAW, Jobs