WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded news that Ford Motor Company will invest $145 million in its Cleveland Engine Plant to support production of the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines for 2017 Ford F-150s, including the Raptor. This will support 150 jobs at the plant.
“Auto sales are at record highs and Ohio’s autoworkers have helped build cars that are speeding off of sales lots across the country. So it’s no surprise Ford continues to invest in Ohio’s workforce,” said Brown. “I join the Cleveland Engine Plant and its workers in celebrating this new investment. The auto rescue worked and we must defend that progress by leveling the playing field for auto manufacturers. We cannot allow TPP’s auto rules to turn back the clock on the gains made in our auto industry.”
This line of production is the newest at the Cleveland Engine Plant, which also received a $200 million investment to begin production of four-cylinder EcoBoost engines in March 2015.
Brown has long been a champion of American manufacturing and Ohio’s auto industry. He has fought against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and spoken out against how the agreement could roll back progress on the auto recovery. The agreement would have an especially devastating impact on the U.S. auto industry. Under the TPP, only 45 percent of a vehicle has to be made in a TPP country in order to qualify for the agreement’s benefits. These rules of origin are weaker than the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) standards, which required 62.5 percent of a vehicle to be made in a NAFTA country. The TPP would mean that less than half of the car must be made in a TPP country, which means fewer cars will come from the U.S. auto supply chain.
In November 2008, he introduced the Auto Industry Emergency Bridge Loan Act with a bipartisan group of colleagues. In December 2008, Brown fought to ensure that funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) were allocated to aid the Big 3 and American auto suppliers. At the start of 2009, Brown applauded President Obama’s decision to advance restructuring plans to ensure the viability of the American auto industry.