Trump tweets that Workhorse electric truckmaker may take over Ohio GM plant

Trump tweets that Workhorse electric truckmaker may take over Ohio GM plant

The UAW said on Wednesday in a statement GM should add a new product at Lordstown "and continue operating it", adding it would continue with its federal lawsuit against GM to protect the contractual rights of its members.

Workhorse Group, led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns, would acquire the facility and would hold a minority stake in a new venture, a GM statement said.

"In the more immediate term, we remain focused on our "Trucks First" initiative, which has enabled us to make significant advances in all phases of the manufacturing process", Hughes said in the news release.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the company isn't disputing anything in Trump's tweets, and that it's in talks to sell the sprawling plant to the company Workhorse.

Since last November, GM has been in discussions with the UAW regarding the impact of changing market conditions on the Lordstown facility.

"Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST!"

"I look forward to hearing more from Workhorse about its plans to bring jobs to Lordstown, and I'm hopeful that this news will benefit the workers there", Portman said in a written statement.

"We remain committed to growing manufacturing jobs in the USA, including in Ohio", Barra added in the statement, "and we see this development as a potential win-win for everyone".

"GM will also be spending $700,000,000 in OH in 3 separate locations, creating another 450 jobs".

"We also expect to bring more jobs to the USA over time in support of the expected provisions of the USMCA".

The DMAX plant in Moraine is expanding diesel engine production for GM's all-new heavy-duty pickups, which go on sale later this year. A stamping plant in Parma, near Cleveland, will see expanded production and new laser welding technology, the company said.

Loveland, Ohio-based Workhorse is a small electric truck and drone startup that has reported losses totaling nearly $150 million since its launch in 2007, according to the company's financial documents.

Of the 2,800 hourly employees affected by the plans to end production at the four USA plants, 1,350 have accepted transfers to other GM plants, the company said.

President Trump said Wednesday that a new owner has been found to take over an old General Motors automobile plant in OH that was idled in March.

Trump in June 2017 advised workers in nearby Youngstown, Ohio, that factory jobs were not leaving.

400 jobs coming later this year to support a second production shift at Bowling Green Assembly in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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