Tommy Hicks Jr.: Ohio manufacturing is winning again


Ohio has once again won big thanks to President Donald Trump’s pro-growth economic policies.

When President Trump was elected president, he got big-government bureaucracy out of the way and allowed Main Street to flourish again. He put Ohio families first by passing the largest middle-class tax cut in history, allowing hard-working families to keep more of their hard-earned money. And when it comes to job creation, President Trump has been the most job-friendly president our country has ever seen, creating more than 6 million new jobs since he was elected in 2016 – nearly 95,000 of those jobs right here in the Buckeye State.

Thanks to President Trump, we can now count a few hundred more jobs in the “win” column right here in Northwest Ohio.

Last weekend, President Trump was in Wapakoneta, joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to celebrate the grand opening of Australian-owned Pratt Industries’ new paper mill, which will create over 300 new jobs with high-paying wages and quality healthcare for Ohio workers. Not only that, one in four of these jobs will be prioritized for America’s veterans.

These jobs are a direct testament to President Trump’s business friendly policies that have made the United States the best place in the world to create jobs, build and invest.

When President Trump was elected president, Australian businessman Anthony Pratt made a commitment to President Trump that he would invest $2 billion in the United States and add thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs in the Midwest because as he said, President Trump “made America the greatest place in the world to manufacture.”

Part of that promise is now being fulfilled with the grand opening of Wapakoneta’s latest plant.

“We proudly declare Pratt Industries and the great, great state of Ohio ‘Open for Business,’” proclaimed President Trump – and he couldn’t be more correct.

Ohio is thriving under President Trump’s leadership. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, more than 8,000 new jobs were generated in 2018 in Ohio, and the average Ohioan received a savings of over $1,400 alone. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Ohio’s unemployment rate was at or below 4 percent for consecutive months, and Ohio’s job growth has spurred. Over 90,000 new jobs have been created in the Buckeye State, including over 20,000 new manufacturing jobs.

As Mr. Pratt said during President Trump’s visit this weekend: “Mr. President, if it wasn’t for your presidency, this mill would not be here today… If it wasn’t for your economic policies, we wouldn’t have made the decision to invest millions of dollars to create thousands of well-paying jobs.”

How great is it to finally have a president whose policies are encouraging investment and job growth from countries overseas, rather than the other way around?

President Trump has kept his promise to Ohio workers that manufacturing plants across the state will once again hum with the sound of busy workers, new machinery and full production lines.

From increased job growth, to 13 months of wage growth at 3 percent or higher, to greater consumer confidence, President Trump has delivered on his promises that he campaigned on in 2016, and it’s critical that Ohio keeps this important progress going in 2020.

The contrast between President Trump’s pro-growth leadership and the 2020 Democrats’ socialist agenda that would rob hardworking Ohioans of their paychecks, and progress couldn’t be clearer.

It is up to the thousands of voters in the Buckeye State who have reaped the benefits of President Trump’s pro-job agenda to keep this unprecedented progress moving forward. With four more years of President Trump, we can be sure that the many factories across Ohio continue to stay open and humming, manufacturing products emblazoned with the words, “Made in the USA.”

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Tommy Hicks Jr. is co-chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reach him on Twitter @TommyHicksGOP.

Tommy Hicks Jr. is co-chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reach him on Twitter @TommyHicksGOP.

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