In an effort to raise awareness and interest for next month's county job fair, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan visited six area manufacturing companies Monday.
Jordan, R-Urbana, said Ohio's 4th District ranks 18th among districts with with the most manufacturing jobs in the country.
"To compete in a high-tech world market today, you've got to do things right," he said. "That's certainly the case with the folks we've visited today, and frankly the folks we've visited all across the district. It's a high-tech, competitive world out there, and you've got to be efficient with your processes and efficient with how you run your businesses. And we're seeing that from everyone."
Jordan said the two biggest complaints he has heard from companies are rising health insurance costs due to Obamacare and finding qualified, skilled employees to fill positions.
Jordan toured Toledo Molding and Die, Tiffin Insulators Co., American Fine Sinter Co. Ltd., Laminate Technologies, Taiho Corp. of America and Arnold Machine.
Rich Focht, president and CEO of Seneca Economic and Industrial Development Corp., said all the companies except Tiffin Insulators will be at the job fair May 13 at Tiffin University's Heminger Center.
"So many folks in manufacturing are looking to hire additional folks, so hopefully this is one kind of central location where they can come together, where potential employees can get matched up with potential employers," Jordan said.
Commissioner Fred Zoeller said Jordan has been a "tremendous asset" to the county and the job fair.
"It's great he's spending a lot of time in the county and promoting the manufacturing businesses," Zoeller said. "It's pretty fantastic to get this kind of support from the federal government."