Tesla possibly taking over Lordstown GM plant is good news for residents

Tesla possibly taking over Lordstown GM plant is good news for residents
FILE- In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. A British diver who helped rescue soccer players trapped in a Thai cave is suing Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday, Sept. 17, seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) (Kiichiro Sato)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As the future of the General Motors plant hangs in the balance - Tesla CEO, Elon Musk spoke with Lesley Stahl of CBS’s “60 Minutes” about the possibility of taking over the plant if GM decides to close its doors for good.

“It’s very unfortunate. It’s been a corner stone of this town for a long time and there are a lot of families that are depending on it," said Lordstown native, Jennifer Arnold.

Locals react to Tesla possibly taking over Lordstown GM plant

There may be hope yet for the 1,500 people employed at the Lordstown plant.

In the “60 Minutes” interview, entrepreneur Elon Musk spoke of potentially buying GM plants that are going out of business.

“It’s possible that we would be interested if we would be interested if they were going to sell the plant or not use it, that we would take it over,” said Musk.

“Tesla moving here - that would be great,” said Lordstown resident, Ronald Johnson.

Arnold said she doesn’t necessarily care who’s occupying the plant, as long as people are still able to make a living.

“I don’t think it matters to them what car they’re making as long as they’re making a car, you know,” said Arnold.

Johnson, on the other hand, believes things will be fine regardless of whether the plant is operational.

“I think GM leaving is gonna be a be a bit of a hit for Lordstown, but it won’t be devastating like it would have been 20 or 30 years ago,” said Johnson.

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