U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) applauded today's announcement by Ford that the company will invest $135 million in the development of battery packs and other new components for hybrid vehicles, creating 170 manufacturing jobs in Southeast Michigan and 50 engineering jobs by 2012. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Stabenow has led the effort in the Senate to promote clean energy manufacturing jobs in Michigan.
"We need to build the next-generation of vehicles here at home if we want a middle-class in this country. Today's announcement by Ford will put 220 Michigan workers back to work making advanced components for hybrid vehicles. By investing in clean energy manufacturing that will be produced by American workers, we will create jobs and continue to lead in the 21 st Century economy." --U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow