WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) congratulated Molded Fiber Glass Companies, in Ashtabula, for being named a General Motors 2014 Supplier of the Year.

“In Ohio, we are proud of our strong auto industry – and Molded Fiber Glass Companies’ success proves that our state’s workforce can hold its own against any competitor,” Brown said. “This award is further proof that we should always bet on the American worker and continue investing in American manufacturing jobs. All of Ashtabula should be proud of this hard-earned recognition from GM.”

The General Motors 2014 Supplier of the Year award winners are chosen by a global GM team comprised of engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics and purchasing executives. GM has 10 facilities in Ohio that employ more than 8,440 employees.

According to a 2015 report by the Center for Automotive Research, more than 629,000 Ohio jobs depend on the auto industry, making up 11 percent of Ohio’s workforce. Ohio is one of the top three states for automotive production related establishments. According to JobsOhio, 120,000 Ohioans are directly employed by the auto industry. In 2012, Ohio’s automotive industry produced more than 1.4 million vehicles.

Brown has long been a champion of American manufacturing and Ohio’s auto industry. 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.