GM in talks to sell shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio to EV truck-maker

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first_imgLast Chevrolet Cruze produced by GM signals the end of an era GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticismTrump happily tweeted the news about Lordstown after a conversation with Barra, calling the announcement “great news for Ohio.”Lordstown had been pulled into the 2020 presidential campaign as Trump has pressured companies to add jobs in the U.S. Ohio is key to Trump’s re-election campaign, and he has attacked GM for plans to close the plant as part of a larger restructuring effort. General Motors is negotiating the sale of its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks.The company confirmed Wednesday it’s in talks with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group to sell the huge facility, and also announced plans to invest US$700 million in three Ohio factories to create 450 additional jobs.The potential sale, first announced on Twitter by President Donald Trump, could preserve some jobs at the sprawling plant east of Cleveland. RELATED TAGSGeneral MotorsPickup TruckElectricElectric VehiclesNew Vehicles Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | ‹ Previous Next › advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Workhorse CEO Hughes said Tuesday the company is making progress in the transition from development to the production. The company is on target, he said, to begin delivering its new electric vans at the end of this year. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Workhorse electric truck concept. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada But it also dashes any hope GM would reopen the factory where until March, it had built cars for more than five decades.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. But it was unclear who would own the rest.“This potential agreement creates a positive outcome for all parties involved and will help solidify the leadership of Workhorse’s role in the EV community,” said CEO Duane Hughes.The company would build a commercial electric pickup truck if it buys the facility, Burns said in the statement.Should the project go forward, initial job numbers would be in the hundreds, said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, moments after fielding a call from GM CEO Mary Barra. That number could rise to 3,000 over several years if Workhorse were to win a contract with the U.S. Postal Service, DeWine said.“We have people who are I would say knowledgeable about the negotiations who have told us that. That would be one of the goals of the company as they grow their business—to get a contract with the post office,” DeWine said.But news of the pending sale was greeted gloomily by workers in Lordstown who were hoping that GM would reopen the factory that stopped producing the Chevrolet Cruze compact car in March.Lordstown had about 1,400 hourly workers on one shift at the time the plant stopped production. But hundreds of others had been laid off earlier as GM cut two shifts to deal with slumping demand for the Cruze.RELATED See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img

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