TWINSBURG - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said he will seek ways to keep the Chrysler stamping plant open once the automaker emerges from bankruptcy proceedings as hoped in the next 60 days.

But if the plant remains on a list of Chrysler factories to be closed in 2010, Brown and city Mayor Katherine Procop said they will try to find new uses for the massive building that employs about 1,000 people. The factory is currently shut down and scheduled to reopen in June.

Brown and Procop spoke late this afternoon before a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of members of United Auto Workers Local 122 inside the union hall across Chamberlin Road from the stamping plant. The rally was called after court records filed April 30 showed the Twinsburg plant is among eight factories that the reorganized Chrysler expects to close.

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