ELYRIA — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan visited the Elyria Foundry on Thursday, praising the workers and a strong economy.
He toured the facilities before addressing employees on break outside. Jordan said his district, which stretches from Allen County in southern Ohio to parts of Lorain County, is has a lot of manufacturing facilities and many places are struggling to find employees with the strong economy.
The Republican said the economy is growing by 3 percent and the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 50 years, at 3.6 percent. Jordan said manufacturing is coming back strong.
According to the Commerce Department, growth actually slowed to 2.1 percent in the second quarter. The economy grew 2.9 percent in 2018, just below President Donald Trump’s quoted figure of 3 percent.
Foundry employees were able to ask questions of the congressman, who is a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.
“Good news, bad news about Congress. The bad news is, nothing much is going to get done,” Jordan said. “It’s pretty divided. … I’ll work with anybody if I think it’s consistent with what I told the voters I was going to do when they gave me the privilege to serve them.”
The good news, Jordan said, is that “we’re not raising your taxes or doing any crazy things.”
Jordan blamed Democrats for some of the stalled issues, saying they’re too focused on stopping President Trump rather than fixing the country.
“I like the president; I like what he’s doing. He loves our military; he loves our law enforcement, loves hard-working people just like me and you. He’s truly fighting hard, I think, for our country.”
A question came up about immigration and migrants crossing the border. Jordan said he visited the border Monday and said the Democrats aren’t telling the truth.
“They’re just not accurate,” he said. “Our Border Patrol agents, and over half of them are Hispanic descent; they understand how serious this is. They’re doing the darned best job they can with the overflow of people coming here.”
Jordan said he feels for the families who are coming because they just want to come to America, but said they have to do it legally. He said he wants to work with Democrats to solve the issue but part of the solution is building a border wall.
The Elyria Foundry produces castings with gray and ductile iron parts. They also contract with the government to make warheads.
Jordan told The Chronicle-Telegram that he wanted to visit the areas he represents during the August recess period, which is why he toured the foundry. Jordan lives in Urbana, which is about three hours from Elyria.