WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed of Corning has been named the Republican co-chairman of the House Manufacturing Caucus, an ad-hoc group of lawmakers that aims to promote a rebirth of America’s factories.

Reed said he will work with the Democratic co-chairman of the caucus, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, to promote manufacturing and to make sure the interests of America’s factories are protected in federal legislation.

Key to that effort, Reed said, would be promotion of the production of shale gas and domestic oil resources.

Thanks to those resources, “we can lower energy and transportation costs for everyone and really have a manufacturing renaissance in the United States,” Reed said.

The caucus also will promote the interests of small and large manufacturers in the upcoming legislative effort to reform the nation’s tax code.