Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined college administrators on a tour of Bard Manufacturing’s facility and new James R. Bard Innovation Center in Bryan today. Bard Manufacturing Company is a family owned business that engineers and manufacturers precision climate control equipment for the classroom, telecommunications, equipment cooling, and commercial building markets. The new innovation center aims at making Northwest Ohio a hub for HVAC engineering and innovation. Representatives from Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University, University of Findlay, University of Toledo, and Northwest State Community College participated in the tour and discussion.
Latta talking with Bill Steel and a Bard employee on the tour
“Bard’s new facility will be a huge boost to innovation and engineering in the region, and I was happy to participate in today’s event with representatives from local colleges and universities,” said Latta. “After touring four career centers in the last two weeks, I’ve seen the benefits from having local businesses partner with career and technical education programs in order to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our colleges and universities also play a major role in workforce development, and it’s important to foster relationships between institutes of higher learning and the private sector. Workers, businesses, and the economy will all benefit from this type of collaboration. Thank you to CEO Bill Steel and the employees at Bard for putting on this event today.”