WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded news that Ford Motor Company will invest $200 million in its Avon Lake Ohio Assembly Plant to support production of the Super Duty chassis cab. This will support 150 jobs at the plant.
“Today’s news shows Ford’s continued commitment to investing in Ohio workers,” Brown said. “From bringing work back from Mexico to adding new lines, the Ohio Assembly Plant demonstrates the resurgence of the American auto industry. I’m committed to keeping this momentum going by ensuring a level playing field for manufacturers and fighting trade deals that reverse gains made in our auto industry.”
The Ohio Assembly Plant employs more than 1,650 people and builds the F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cabs, in addition to the Ford F-650 and F-750 – which were both insourced from Mexico last year – and Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.
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.