Vice President Pence pushes trade agreement in Ohio visit

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 1:05 AM


            Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the groundbreaking for a new company MAGNA International in Lancaster, Ohio, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Eric Albrecht/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the groundbreaking for a new company MAGNA International in Lancaster, Ohio, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Eric Albrecht/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Vice President Mike Pence urged congressional ratification of President Donald Trump's trade agreement with Canada and Mexico while attending the groundbreaking for a car seat manufacturing facility in Ohio.

Pence told about 300 people at the Magna Seating site in Lancaster on Tuesday that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement "will level the playing field" and treat the automotive industry "fairly." He said the agreement requires that 75% of auto parts must be made in North America and 40% of auto parts must be made by workers making at least $16 an hour.

Magna Seating is a division of global automotive supplier Magna International Inc., which is based in Aurora, Ontario.

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Magna initially plans to locate 300 jobs in Lancaster, some 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Columbus.