COLUMBUS — State Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) toured Brown-Forman Cooperage and Aluchem of Jackson County on Aug. 13.
Located on Salem Road in Jackson, Brown-Forman Cooperage is a major supplier of staves used in the Jack Daniels’ brands. Aluchem, located on Beaver Pike in Jackson, produces tabular aluminas that can be found in the airplane engines.
Smith discussed with the business leaders the challenges that their businesses face and how state government could assist with their needs.
“Brown-Forman and Aluchem are shining examples of the strong manufacturing base of our region,” Smith said. “Each of these companies have benefitted from the region’s skilled workforce and Ohio’s business-friendly climate.”
Smith also met with the Jackson County Economic Development Board to discuss active projects and opportunities for economic growth in the county.
“Growing the economy and assisting job creators is vitally important to combatting most of our area’s challenges,” Smith said. “Jackson County was hit hard by the recession, but there has been a great deal of new economic and infrastructural activity that could yield positive results for the area.”