Automakers’ recovery aids Toledo area: Fuel-efficiency is key, Washington panel told

by Tyrel Linkhorn
Toledo Blade
July 6, 2012

The president of the Lucas County Improvement Corp. took a message to Washington that the Toledo area is benefiting strongly from the auto industry’s recovery and its push to be more fuel-efficient.

“The Toledo area, just in three plants, is getting over $900 million of capital investment,” Ford Weber said Thursday in an interview.

Chrysler Group LLC has committed $500 million to the Toledo Assembly complex. General Motors is making a major investment at Toledo Powertrain, and Johnson Controls is doing the same at its battery plant in western Lucas County.

“One of the things that’s really interesting, environmental sustainability and fuel economy are really part of all three of these investments,” he said.

Mr. Weber was invited to be a panelist for one of two discussions hosted in Washington last week by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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