What Rust Belt?


“They call it the Rust Belt for a reason: because everything is rusting and rotting,” said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while stumping in Ohio this week. Ohio manufacturers of course know better, and for the specific facts about the strength of the Ohio manufacturing economy, see OMA’s new edition of Ohio Manufacturing Counts, 20 pages of good news about the effect of manufacturing on the state’s economy. The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board reacted to Trump’s remark:  “Actually, Ohio is a manufacturing behemoth, among the top five states in annual output, and production levels have been climbing, the leading sectors transportation equipment, fabricated metals, chemicals and machinery.”