John Ratzenberger to Host Columbus, OH Town Hall Meeting to Challenge Presidential Candidates on Manufacturing Issues

TV star headlines Alliance for American Manufacturing's 'Keep it Made

in America' event; encourages Ohio voters to ask tough questions about U.S.


Nov 07, 2007, 00:00 ET from Alliance for American Manufacturing

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, November
 8th, television and film star John Ratzenberger will host a 'Keep it Made
 in America' town hall meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus event is the
 third in a series of seven national meetings sponsored by the Alliance for
 American Manufacturing (AAM) to spotlight growing voter concerns about the
 challenges facing American workers and manufacturers.
     From his humble beginnings in Bridgeport, Connecticut, John
 Ratzenberger gained international fame on the acclaimed television series
 Cheers. Today, Ratzenberger hosts his own show about American manufacturing
 on the Travel Channel, John Ratzenberger's Made in America.
     "I'm proud to partner with the Alliance for American Manufacturing on
 the 'Keep it Made in America' town hall meetings," said Ratzenberger. "I've
 traveled all across this country and I've seen firsthand how manufacturing
 drives our economy. Ohioans know they play a key role in the presidential
 election and, in particular, they have a chance to make the voices of Ohio
 -- and American -- manufacturing heard. Our town hall meeting is designed
 to engage, educate, and inspire voters to hold the Presidential candidates
 accountable on trade and manufacturing issues; to remind them that 'Made in
 America' means good jobs and safe products."
     The U.S has lost 3.2 million manufacturing jobs since 2000, losses that
 have hit Ohio particularly hard. While manufacturing is still the largest
 part of the state's economy, Ohio has lost more than 242,000 jobs over the
 past seven years, a number greater than the entire population of Akron.
     "Ohio's economic success and the future of American manufacturing are
 one and the same. As an important swing state, we will see more than our
 fair share of Presidential candidates, and we need to hold their feet to
 the fire and demand answers to the tough questions on trade and
 manufacturing," said Steve Bishoff, President of USW Local 525 at
 Holophane, Newark, OH. "Will our next president level the playing field and
 stop countries like China from cheating or sit idly by while our
 manufacturing jobs continue to move offshore? Ohio voters need to be ready
 to ask that very important question."
     Ratzenberger's visit to Columbus includes a tour of ArcelorMittal
 Columbus with Brian Stack, Plant Manager, ArcelorMittal Columbus and
 Douglas Mullen, President, United Steelworkers Local 9309. ArcelorMittal,
 the world's number one steel company with 320,000 employees in more than 60
 countries, is a stakeholder in AAM. ArcelorMittal Columbus is a steel
 coating facility with more than 100 employees. The facility produces
 hot-dipped galvanized sheet using cold-rolled steel coils supplied by
 sister facilities. The plant is capable of coating 40,000 tons per month
 and primarily serves the automotive industry.
     "Manufacturing is the largest sector of Ohio's economy and each
 manufacturing job supports at least four other jobs in the area. These are
 jobs that Ohio families depend on," said Brian Stack, Plant Manager,
 ArcelorMittal Columbus. "It's important that our elected officials
 recognize the vital role manufacturing plays in our community, the state of
 Ohio and the entire U.S. ArcelorMittal applauds the Alliance for American
 Manufacturing and John Ratzenberger for their efforts to strengthen
 America's manufacturing base."
     The "Keep it Made in America" town hall meeting will be held on
 Thursday, November 8th, at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N 4th Street. Doors
 open at 6:00 pm. The program begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and is
 open to the general public.
     During the town hall meeting, Ratzenberger will encourage Ohio voters
 to ask the presidential candidates three key questions about their
 commitment to American manufacturing:
     -- How will you save American manufacturing jobs?
     -- What specific policies will you enact to strengthen the American
 manufacturing base, which is vital to our economic and national security?
     -- What steps will you take to enforce trade laws and hold cheating
 countries like China accountable?
     "The manufacturers and workers of Ohio share John Ratzenberger's and
 AAM's dedication to strengthening American manufacturing, and we're excited
 to work together to urge the candidates to focus on these issues," said
 Scott Paul, AAM's executive director. "For America to remain the leader in
 the global economy, we have to overcome some very real challenges that
 threaten the vital core of our economic engine. Our town hall meetings are
 initiating this important dialogue and empowering voters to continue the
 discussion with their presidential candidates. With a year to go, Ohio
 voters need to be ready."
     The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a unique non-partisan,
 labor-management partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S.
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SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing