SPRINGFIELD, OH –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today visited Navistar’s Springfield plant to mark increased production at the Springfield facility. Brown was joined by the company management and union leadership while he met with workers and toured the plant.
“Ohio’s workforce is second to none and the investment in Ohio’s workers and their families will lead to further success for Navistar,” Brown said. “I look forward to helping Navistar grow its workforce in Springfield.”
Last year, Navistar announced layoffs for Springfield workers and there was uncertainty about the Springfield plant’s future. Following the announcement, Brown worked closely with the company, the United Auto Workers (UAW) locals 402 and 658 and the Springfield community in their efforts to keep the plant open.
In October 2010, Navistar and the UAW announced an agreement that would keep the Springfield facility open. In December 2010, Brown called on Navistar to maximize production levels at the plant and reinstate some of the laid off workers. Since then, the company has begun ramping up production in Springfield. According to the company, production has doubled and nearly 200 employees have been recalled from layoff since December 2010. Navistar International Corp. produces commercial trucks, school buses, motor homes, and diesel engines.
Brown has been described as "Congress' leading proponent of American Manufacturing," Brown introduced bipartisan legislation earlier this month aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of the American manufacturing industry. By requiring the development of a national manufacturing strategy, National Manufacturing Strategy Act of 2011 would boost traditional and high-tech manufacturing, spur American job growth, and strengthen the middle class.
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