LORDSTOWN, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) attended GM Lordstown’s 50th Anniversary Celebration today. The opening ceremony kicked-off a car show featuring vehicles that have been manufactured at GM Lordstown over the years.

“For half a century, this plant has been an anchor of the Mahoning Valley,” Brown said. “It’s supported good, middle class, union jobs, through good times and hard times. And GM Lordstown isn’t slowing down. This is the industry and the company on which the great American middle class was built and I know that this community and this state will continue to depend on GM workers for another fifty years, and beyond.”

Brown is a longtime advocate for the auto industry and the Lordstown GM plant. Brown joined local workers in Lordstown to celebrate the one millionth unit produced at the plant in 2014 and celebrated the first Chevy Cruze “off the line” in September 2010. In September 2009, Brown visited the Lordstown facility with President Obama. That visit followed several meetings Brown had with then-GM CEO Fritz Henderson about the future of the facility and the manufacture of the Chevy Cruze. Brown also visited the facility in May 2009, after he successfully fought for the 2008 auto rescue, to celebrate a multi-million dollar investment in the facility that helped launch initial production of the Chevy Cruze.