Trump talks future of U.S. manufacturing during private Dayton campaign stop

The Associated Press - HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump made a private campaign stop at Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton.

He was surrounded by area manufacturers Wednesday night and gave answers to company heads who had concerns about the future of the industry.

"Think of GM and Delphi plants. There used to be eleven Delphi plants in Dayton at one time. Today there aren't any," said Steve Staub, the president of the company hosting the event.

Trump toured the facility which makes metal parts for numerous companies.

According to the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, it's one of more than 2,500 others in the industry throughout the Miami Valley. Most of them, Staub said are looking for relief from healthcare costs.

"Many companies that I know have seen their rates go up over the last three years, a total of 300-400 percent. As a company, we pay 80 percent of the healthcare coverage of our employees. Including dental and eye insurance. Our costs keep going up and it's something that we have to continue to look at. Can we keep paying those kind of high prices?," Staub said.

J.C. Hamilton has worked with sheet metal for more than twenty years. He's currently a Staub employee and said regardless who becomes the next president, manufacturers need help.

"We're suffering. Manufacturing industries in the United States are suffering," Hamilton said.

"There's a lot of companies like us throughout the United States that we could compete with anybody in the world, we just need an even playing field," said Staub.

The GOP nominee first campaigned in Toledo on Wednesday before stopping in the Miami Valley.

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