Sen. Brown renews bid for additional training funds

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Sen. Brown renews bid for additional training funds

Toledo Blade – His company employs more than 4,000 workers overseas, but Wednesday, Bruce Sohn, president of First Solar Inc., was thinking about jobs closer to home. Not just the 1,000 employees at his plant in Perrysburg Township, but all workers in manufacturing plants in the United States.

As chairman of the Manufacturing Council, a group of chief executives nationwide that advises the U.S. Commerce Department on manufacturing issues, Mr. Sohn brought the 24-member panel to the Toledo area for a quarterly meeting. The group discussed issues such as trade agreements, work force development, renewable energy, and competitiveness.

But Mr. Sohn also used the day to take the council and several college and high school students on a tour of First Solar's panel production plant. Also joining the tour was Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who came to discuss his pending legislation aimed at providing all companies with funds for training workers.

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