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Nearly 100 Supplier CEOs Send Letter to House and Senate Urging Economic Relief

The letter called upon Congress to provide immediate financial assistance to the auto industry and to include the supplier industry in any options.

WASHINGTON — Urging Congressional support for financial assistance to the automotive industry, 98 supplier industry CEOs representing companies with facilities from Connecticut to California have sent letters to every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, citing the need for credit markets to start moving and access to new capital to help protect the automotive and supplier jobs at risk in the current financial crisis.

The letter called upon Congress to provide immediate financial assistance to the auto industry and to include the supplier industry in any options, and also urged establishment of a loan program for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. The letter stated opposition to efforts to cap the amount of loans available to suppliers in the current Department of Energy loan program.

According to recent studies, motor vehicle suppliers are the nation’s largest manufacturing sector and provide 70 percent of the content of U.S.-built cars and trucks. Suppliers manufacture the parts and technology used in the production of more than 11 million new cars and trucks produced each year, and the aftermarket products necessary to repair and maintain more than 247 million vehicles on the road today.

Commenting on the issue, Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, stressed that this impacts the supplier industry as well, due to the close relationships between automakers and suppliers.

"The vehicle manufacturers and the supplier industry are interwoven," said McKenna. "Addressing the current financial challenges the automotive industry faces is not a bailout, but will help provide a framework and structure for protecting these valuable domestic manufacturing jobs."

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