US Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited The Harris Products Group to observe National Manufacturing Day.

One of the reasons Portman selected the company for a visit was its recent award from IndustryWeek magazine as one of the Best Plants in North America.

“The Harris Products Group is proud to be an integral part of US manufacturing and to mark this day with Senator Portman,” said David J. Nangle, president of The Harris Products Group. “More than half of these ‘Made in the USA’ products are delivered to customers outside the US – in more than 90 countries around the world. That demonstrates how competitive high-quality US manufacturing can be in the global marketplace.”

After a brief introduction by Nangle, Portman talked about the current political landscape for business, touching on tax reform, the EPA, international trade, the budget deficit and the national debt.

“Congratulations to you and keep it up,” Portman said to nearly 200 employees who gathered on the plant floor for the event. He also commended the company for its unique bonus program, which rewards employees for the company’s overall success. “Business needs to be sure that the people who drive the business – the American workers – have a stake in its success.”

Portman answered questions from Harris employees about a variety of topics, including ways US companies can protect their product patents, a mental health bill he authored in the Senate, and ways to improve the way government operates.

“Washington and the country have become too polarised and too partisan,” he said. “We need to come back together and be willing to work together.”

In addition to the town hall meeting, Portman took a tour of the Mason facility, stopping to talk to Harris team members in customer service, casting, and production.

Manufacturing Day is organised to engage people in learning more about US Manufacturing and its impact on the US economy. The US Manufacturing sector, if it stood alone, would represent the 8th largest economy in the world, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Nationwide, more than 50,000 people will participate in more than 1,500 events to celebrate and educate the general public about the nature and benefits of modern manufacturing.