Mansfield’s manufacturing history, future highlighted by Brown

Mansfield students shared school stories Monday morning with US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) after learning he had walked a few of the same halls as them many years before.

“You go to Spanish Immersion?” the senator asked excitedly. “That’s the old Brinkerhoff. I went to that school.”

The Tyger alum was in town to encourage students in grades six-eight during the first day of the Richland County summer manufacturing camp, which his office helped to organize.

“You can be in manufacturing and have good jobs and make good money,” Brown told the students. “It’s just fun to make things.”

‘You want to get them early’

Brown helped start the statewide summer camps 10 years ago to teach students the importance of manufacturing in Ohio. The first was in Youngstown, then Richland County joined five years later.

“Mansfield is one of only a couple that kept going during the pandemic,” Brown said.

US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) tells Mansfield Spanish Immersion School students about his time in the same building years ago when it was known as Brinkerhoff Elementary School.

There have been more than 100 camps in the past decade, combining to help thousands of students catch a glimpse of how things are made.

“You want to get these kids interested in making things and thinking about maybe a career as a welder, a career as an entrepreneur, a career in manufacturing,” Brown said. “You want to get them early.”

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