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.
For more information, visit: www.americanmanufacturing.org.
SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing