HAVILAND – On Wednesday, Sept. 4, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), toured Haviland Plastics, a company that produces nursery containers using recycled plastics for the horticulture industry all across North America and abroad. Following the tour, Portman met with the company’s leadership and employees to discuss the economy and manufacturing in Ohio.

  “I enjoyed the opportunity to tour Haviland Plastics today and meet with its leadership team and employees to discuss the economy and manufacturing in Ohio,” said Portman. “I will continue my work on the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with employers and working to create an environment where families and small businesses succeed and flourish.”  

Before his visit to Haviland Plastics, Portman also toured Vantage Career Center.

During the tour, Portman met with the Center’s leadership and students to discuss Career and Technical Education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs.

“I enjoyed my visit at Vantage Career Center and had a productive discussion with the students and leadership team about how best to ensure today’s workers get the skills training they need to succeed,” said Portman. “Strengthening career and technical education by passing the JOBS Act will help ensure we make skills training more accessible and affordable. I will continue my work on the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed.

"We appreciate Senator Portman taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Vantage Career Center to see firsthand our efforts to train a skilled workforce. Senator Portman has initiated and supported critical workforce development legislation that greatly facilitates our efforts to train people for the jobs our local companies need. The Jobs Act legislation Senator Portman initiated provides essential funding for our short term, high demand training programs, thereby creating opportunities for our students and a skilled workforce for our companies,” said superintendent Rick Turner