Senator Stabenow Statement on President Obama’s visit to Michigan

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement on President Obama's visit to the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. Michigan is a leader in manufacturing job growth, creating 133,000 manufacturing jobs since 2009. Overall, the American auto industry has added more than 500,000 jobs since mid-2009. Senator Stabenow championed the effort in the Senate to rescue the auto industry and authored the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program in 2007. Ford received a $5.9 billion retooling loan in 2009, which the company used to retool the Michigan Assembly Plant to make hybrid and plug-in versions of the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max.

"America is creating jobs and growing at the fastest rate in two decades, and Michigan is the perfect place for President Obama to showcase the progress we've made and the bright future that lies ahead. The President, Michigan's elected leaders, industry leaders, and the hardworking, talented people of our state came together at a critical time to save the industry that built the American middle class. The resurgence of the auto industry and American manufacturing shows that we can still do big things when we work together."