Lakewood company looks to hire veterans

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland-area manufacturer, GrafTech International, has hired 42 veterans and is looking to hire more veterans for up to 45 open positions at its Lakewood and Parma facilities.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited GrafTech International on Wednesday and highlighted the VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011, a new law that he cosponsored that provides tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans.

In November, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which included another piece of legislation cosponsored by Brown-the Hiring Heroes Act-that aims to ensure that all servicemembers transitioning to civilian life receive the job training skills they need to find employment. Brown also recently held a U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Field Hearing in Columbus to examine barriers that veterans face to finding employment.

GrafTech's Lakewood facility, originally called "Factory A", was built in 1892 by GrafTech's predecessor company, the National Carbon Company. It is responsible for the manufacture of GrafTech's Electronic Thermal Management family of products, which enable the latest generation of displays (LED/LCD/plasma), handheld devices (smartphones and tablets) and other consumer electronics. GrafTech Lakewood (Factory A) also produces additional products that are sold into the advanced energy generation and storage markets.

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