TROY — Former Ohio Treasurer and State Rep. Josh Mandel visited Troy on Thursday during his campaign for the GOP nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced in January 2021 that he would not seek re-election in 2022.
First, Mandel toured Clopay Building Products, a local manufacturer and distributor of residential and commercial garage doors.
“It was an honor to visit Clopay today,” Mandel said. “While their competitors are manufacturing in China, Clopay is making garage doors right here in Ohio and in America. Clopay should be applauded for choosing America over China.”
Mandel spoke about seeing the pride in employees’ eyes, and hearing it in their voices as well, about working for a manufacturer in the U.S.
“They are manufacturing products here in America while so many other companies have unfortunately chosen China,” Mandel said. “As the next U.S. Senator from Ohio, I will be the worst nightmare to the Chinese Communist Party, and I will fight like a rabid dog to protect and reward companies like Clopay who are choosing to manufacture here in America.”
Mandel added he was “very impressed with the efficiency and technology at the plant, as well as the dedication of the workers.”
Mandel is also familiar with Clopay, having visited the plant before during its recent expansion and taking part in its groundbreaking.
“A few years ago, I had the honor of putting the first shovel in the ground when…