WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today visited the Defiance General Motors facility to address workers and get an update on the manufacturing of the next generation, fuel-efficient Ecotec engine.
"These recent investments will help northwest Ohioans manufacture the automobiles of the 21st century," Brown said. "Ohio's skilled workforce has made our state a leader in auto component manufacturing. I'm glad Defiance workers will help build the fuel-efficient engines for the next generation of American cars."
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.
Brown, a leading voice in the Senate for providing assistance to the U.S. auto industry, addressed workers and briefly tour the plant.