U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) credited the federal aid and restructuring of the U.S. auto industry for creating new auto jobs in Ohio when he stopped by United Auto Workers Local 12 in Toledo for a 40-minute news conference Sunday.
Senator Brown said the federal assistance program not only stabilized Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. but also helped save and add manufacturing jobs throughout Ohio.
Prior to the auto rescue, about 55 percent of the parts in Chrysler's Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler were made in the United States. Today, 70 percent of the Jeep Wrangler is U.S.-made, with many parts made in Ohio, he said.
The senator quoted a 2010 report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Ann Arbor, that Ohio added more than 3,000 auto jobs between 2009 and 2010, and will add more than 3,500 by 2015. More than 792,00 Ohio jobs depend on the auto industry, according to the center.
"Four years ago, the auto industry was facing unprecedented challenges," Senator Brown said in prepared remarks provided after the news conference. "The future was precarious not just at General Motors and Chrysler, but at Ford and foreign nameplates, and at manufacturers and suppliers throughout Ohio."
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