WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), co-chair of the Senate Auto Caucus, today celebrated the local unveiling of the Next Generation Chevy Cruze in Lordstown.

“When Ohioans think of the Chevy Cruze, they think of Lordstown,” said Brown. “The unveiling of the Next Generation Chevy Cruzes represents the best of Ohio’s workers – their grit, innovation, and dedication to producing high-quality, American-made products. All Ohioans should take pride in the tradition of manufacturing being continued at this facility as we celebrate the newest Cruze, and look forward to new generations of Chevy products and workers in Ohio.”

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 assistance to the auto industry and in August 2008 to celebrate a multi-million dollar investment in the facility that helped launch initial production of the Chevy Cruze.