Taft To Leave For Trade Trip To Germany

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft (pictured, right) is to leave Tuesday for an eight-day trade mission to Germany, a trip postponed last fall because of security concerns following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Taft hopes to get German companies to open or expand operations in Ohio. He and business leaders will visit Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Hanover, site of the world's largest industrial fair.

The trip had been scheduled for October.

German companies employ more than 37,000 Ohioans at 139 facilities. In addition, Germany was Ohio's sixth-largest trade partner last year, importing more than $758 million in Ohio-made goods.

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