April 23, 2018

Congressman, NTMA, Promoting Manufacturing in Ohio

02/11/2015

Members and staff of the NTMA met with Congressman Tim Ryan this month to discuss ways to promote manufacturing in Ohio and how to attract more young people to the industry. As co-Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Manufacturing Caucus, Congressman Ryan is among the leading voices in Washington developing policies to strengthen manufacturing in America. 

The NTMA arranged for members of the Akron Chapter to meet with the Congressman at Allen Aircraft Products, Inc. in Ravenna. The Association is working with lawmakers, the media, and outside groups to help attract more students and sponsors to the National Robotics League (NRL). The NTMA developed the NRL as a way to expose the younger generation to careers in manufacturing. Through local, regional, and national competitions, the NRL is exposing parents, students, and educators to the opportunities manufacturing has to offer, while also filling the pipeline with new employees. In a recent survey, 84% of NTMA members reported having at least one job opening and 95% are having serious or moderate challenges recruiting qualified employees.

NTMA regularly arranges meetings and plant tours for the membership with leading U.S. Senators and Representatives. Working with Congressman Ryan, the local Chapter hopes to generate additional interest in manufacturing and the activities the Association and elected officials are undertaking to promote the industry. Ohio manufacturers are fortunate to have a number of lawmakers like Rep. Ryan who understand and support manufacturing in America. 

For more information on inviting your elected officials for a plant tour or manufacturing event, visit http://www.metalworkingadvocate.org/resources or contact khrusch@ntma.org.