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.

“We are excited to be working with Congressman Ryan to continue to build the caucus’ reputation as a voice and a resource for the manufacturing sector – a group whose success is vital to our country’s ability to make a strong economic recovery,” Reed said.

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.

“It’s all about improving communication between manufacturers and Congress so that we can bring more manufacturing jobs to the 23rd District and the entire country,” Reed said.

The first caucus event under Reed’s leadership, to take place next Tuesday in Washington, will be “Manufacturing 101.” That event will feature representatives from Cummins Inc., which has a plant in Jamestown, and other manufacturing experts who will discuss the obstacles that manufacturing faces and what Congress can do to overcome them.

Reed succeeds Rep. Donald Manzullo, an Illinois Republican who left Congress at the end of last year, as the GOP head of the caucus.