Sen. Brown: Visit will show good, bad of county’s economy

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Sen. Brown: Visit will show good, bad of county’s economy

The Chronicle-Telegram – Presidents don’t come for a visit very often, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday during a telephone conference call with reporters on the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Lorain County.

The visit — which includes a town hall meeting at Lorain County Community College — will allow the president to see the impact of the recession on the county and also allow him to see the strides the county is making to recover, said Brown, D-Avon.

“Lorain County has seen its share of economic challenges, but its workers, businesses, and community organizations have addressed them head-on with innovative solutions,” Brown said.

Manufacturing, always a key component of Lorain County’s economy, has been especially hard-hit by the economic woes, Brown said, although he hopes that the county — and the rest of the state — can reinvent itself as a center of clean energy manufacturing.

“Manufacturing, as we know, is the backbone of our economy and creates four to five other jobs,” he said. Shifting to a manufacturing base in wind and other green industries is one of the key steps that Brown said he believes will help revitalize the local economy.

Brown pointed to $24.6 million in federal stimulus money that will help BASF Catalysts in Elyria expand its plant to produce lithium-ion batteries as an example of the changeover to green manufacturing.

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