WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised today's announcement that General Motors will produce its fifth-generation small block engine at the manufacturing plant in Defiance, creating 189 new jobs at the facility.

"This is good news for Northwest Ohio," Brown said. "This new investment will help to continue to revitalize our domestic auto industry, which helped build our nation's middle class. This is great news for workers who will receive good-paying manufacturing jobs right here in Ohio."

Brown is a longtime advocate for the auto industry and the Defiance GM plant. His last visit was less than a month ago, when he traveled to Defiance to address workers and get an update on the manufacturing of the next generation, fuel-efficient Ecotec engine. In February, General Motors announced that it would invest nearly $59 million in the Defiance plant for precision casting associated with the manufacturing of the Ecotec engine. The move will add up to 80 new jobs at the facility by 2012, which employs more than 1,300 hourly and salaried employees.