WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the announcement that Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. – a producer of auto safety glass – will redevelop the former General Motors (GM) plant in Moraine. Since 2008, Brown has been a steadfast advocate for the redevelopment of the former automotive plant and has worked with local, state, and federal officials to secure more than $25 million in federal resources to aid in the clean-up and redevelopment of the site.
“Bringing life back to this plant is not only a great thing for the residents of the Miami Valley, it shows what can happen when a community rallies behind a project and brings diverse stakeholders to the table,” Brown said. “Today’s good news would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of local officials, the Dayton Development Coalition, IRG, and others over the past six years who helped build the foundation for this exciting announcement.”
Following the plant’s closure in 2008, Brown helped secure more than $187,000 in Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds for the City of Moraine. In April 2009, Brown announced more than $8.3 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to Ohio auto communities including Moraine. In May 2010, the Obama Administration announced more than $25.8 million in environmental clean-up funds for Moraine. Those initial funding sources helped prime the site for redevelopment efforts.
In October 2010, Brown sent a letter to Al Koch, CEO of Motors Liquidation Company (MLC), urging MLC to work with local and state officials on the sale of the plant to a developer seeking to breathe new life into the facility and generate jobs. That request set in motion the purchase of the site by Stu Lichter, founder and principal of Industrial Realty Group.