A local manufacturer is lending his voice to a National Association of Manufacturers ad campaign aimed at Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Steve Staub, president of Vandalia’s Staub Manufacturing Solutions, is featured in a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) television ad “highlighting the negative impact of burdensome government regulations on manufacturers and small businesses, ” a statement from NAM said.
The ad features video and audio of Staub walking the floor of what appears to be his business on Stop Eight Road. “Government regulations make it tough, ” Staub says in the ad.
Staub tells listeners that government regulations raise the cost of his product and “stifle” his company’s potential growth.
He adds: “We want to buy new equipment. But we’re afraid to pull the trigger on that.”
The ad ends with a pointed message for Brown, a Democrat running for a second term.
“Tell Sen. Sherrod Brown that manufacturing means jobs,” a narrator in the ad says. “Tell him it’s time to stand up for Ohio workers and manufacturers by saying no to costly new regulations.”
The ad does not mention Josh Mandel, Ohio treasurer and the Republican opposing Brown in the Nov. 6 election.
“The No. 1 concern right now for manufacturers is the unfavorable business climate due to regulations and taxes,” NAM President and Chief Executive Jay Timmons said in a statement announcing the ad. “Manufacturers in America face a 20 percent cost disadvantage compared to our major trading partners. This must change if we are going to create jobs and compete.”
Timmons cites “strict new” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules on industrial boilers, power plants, oil and natural gas production as an example, as well as “costly and harmful” Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health administration regulations.
Brown’s campaign took issue with the ad.
“There is no greater champion for manufacturing than Sherrod Brown, from his work to rescue the auto industry and it’s 850,000 related jobs in Ohio to his work leading passage of his bipartisan bill to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation to protect jobs here at home, and no amount of outside spending can change that,” said Sadie Weiner, a press secretary for Friends of Sherrod Brown.
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