WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded General Motors' announcement that it will increase production of fuel-efficient vehicles. This will add a third shift at the Lordstown plant, where more than 1,000 workers will return to the plant to produce the fuel-efficient Chevy Cobalt and the future Chevy Cruze models.

Brown, a leading proponent of federal support for the auto industry and the "Cash for Clunkers" program, issued the following statement:

"This is good news for more than 1,000 Lordstown workers, for Ohio, and for the future of the domestic auto industry. This means that Ohioans will return to work to manufacture the vehicles of the 21st century. By providing bridge loans to the auto industry and creating demand through the 'Cash for Clunkers' program, we're starting to get the U.S. auto industry back on track. I'm proud that Lordstown will be an important part of the future of clean energy manufacturing in our state."