Sen. Portman discusses GM closure, Wright-Patt jobs, and the late President Bush


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Senator Rob Portman stopped by the 2 NEWS studio Friday afternoon to discuss Wright-Patt’s exciting new mission, GM’s impending closure, and his personal relationship with the late George H.W. Bush.

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will house the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) Organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, bringing with it at least 400 new jobs.

“It’s great for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and great for the Miami Valley because these are good jobs and hi-tech jobs. It also speaks to why Wright-Patterson has been so successful,” he said, adding that the Secretary of the Air Force feels that choosing Wright-Patt “was a matter of synergy,” and that the facility will allow for a more efficient operation.

Senators Portman and Brown met with the head of General Motors this week to discuss what can be done to stop their northeastern Ohio assembly plant from closing.

“Trust me, the experience we had here in Moraine is part of what we’re using to try to avoid the same fate for Lordstown,” he said, commenting that although the introduction of Fuyao has helped the area in the years following the Moraine plant’s closure, it still has not been quite the same.

The Senator then reflected on what has been an eventful week, in the midst of it taking the time to mourn for former President George H.W. Bush, who died November 30.

“It’s a tough week in the sense that I’m going to miss him a lot. I used to go see him at least once, usually twice year, and always sought his advice. He usually provided it; he didn’t do it proactively but when I asked him, he’d always tell me what he thought. I’m going to miss him.”

Portman described Bush as a mentor, someone who taught him that “it’s possible to have a career in public service and politics and do it in an honorable way.”

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