The Obama Administration has rejected additional aid for the automotive components sector, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown yesterday proposed a plan for helping them and some other manufacturers from careening off course.

Mr. Brown said he will introduce legislation to establish a $30 billion revolving loan fund that small and medium-size manufacturers could use to become more energy-efficient or switch to production of components for the solar, wind, and other industries involved in so called "clean energy."

The Ohio Democrat announced the proposal in a conference call with reporters.

"Ohio has the manufacturing base and skilled workers to become the Silicon Valley of clean-energy manufacturing," Mr. Brown said. "This bill will help our manufacturers retool, put our auto suppliers back to work, and place our state at the forefront of clean-energy production."

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