Ohio lawmakers to press GM’s CEO on future of Lordstown Plant today in D.C.

Production at the Lordstown Plant was idled in March which eliminated about 1,600 jobs at the location.
Lordstown GM plant (Source: WOIO)
Lordstown GM plant (Source: WOIO)
Updated: Jun. 5, 2019 at 5:07 AM EDT
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Cleveland, OHIO (WOIO) - Ohio’s U.S. Senators and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, (D-Youngstown), are scheduled to meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

The face-to-face talks are expected to produce an update on GM’s plans to sell the Lordstown Plant, once home to the Chevy Cruze, to Cincinnati-area based Workhorse.

Workhorse is a start-up all-electric vehicle company.

Senator Rob Portman said during a conference call with reporters he’s “still pushing hard” for GM to use the Lordstown Plant because “ it’s the best and most efficient use for the plant.”

Ryan, a presidential candidate, appeared on CNN over the weekend and had criticism for President Donald Trump.

“He made a lot of promises to the autoworkers in Youngstown,” Ryan said.

“I think it would be nice if he’s spending 20-30 billion dollars helping farmers deal with a crisis, he could spend $1 billion help General Motors open that factory back up in Youngstown Ohio and we can start producing electric cars and we’ll kick China’s butt that way instead of what he’s trying to do now.”

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