MANSFIELD -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Mansfield native, believes north central Ohio should look to the future for employment opportunities in the wake of Monday's announcement that General Motors Corp. is closing its Mansfield/ Ontario Metal Center.

"It's going to be a long-term (ad- justment) and we're starting soon," Brown said. "Fuel cells, wind turbines, biomass ... There's not going to be 10 to 20,000 auto worker jobs, but we're going to see better things happening."

In a conference call Wednesday, Brown trumpeted $109 million in new assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor while also insisting Ohio's recovery from plant closures would never be "job-for-job." Brown was joined by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to announce training initiatives for workers already laid off and those who will be soon.

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