The electric truck manufacturer that took over the shuttered Lordstown General Motors plant near Youngstown wants a change in state law to help it sell vehicles in Ohio. This could set up a clash with the state’s car dealerships.
General Motors announced a joint venture with LG Chem, a subsidiary of LG Corporation, to create a new manufacturing plant in Lordstown to build high-performing batteries for its fleet of electric vehicles.
New jobs are planned for three General Motors plants in Ohio. And even more new jobs could be at the idled General Motors plant in Lordstown. But as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, there are a lot of unanswered questions right now.
The Honda plant in Marysville is planning on suspending a second shift production line. The change will result in a reduced production of about 55,000 cars a year, mostly Honda Accords. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this highlights the unpredictable nature of the automotive industry.
President Trump told governors yesterday that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a remark he’s said before that fact checkers have found to be untrue. Gov. Mike DeWine was among the guests who heard that comment.
A coalition of Mahoning Valley advocates has been in Columbus, touting the soon-to-be-closed GM plant in Lordstown and the economic promise they say it can bring to new investors. They’re also hoping General Motors reconsider its shutdown plans.
Ohio’s top ranking Democrat, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, is proposing a measure in hopes of saving the Lordstown manufacturing plant from shutdown by General Motors, and he’s reaching out to someone who’s hardly an ally - President Donald Trump.
Gov. John Kasich says he’s still working with officials at General Motors on the planned shutdown of the Lordstown assembly plant in March, but isn’t offering promises that it can be halted. And he’s also firing back at those who’ve been critical of his response.
Ohio’s senior Senator is blasting General Motors for planning to close the Lordstown plant in March. He says Congress needs to change the tax code to prevent companies from benefitting from that action in the future.
Gov. John Kasich says he’ll be talking to General Motors about its decision to shut down the assembly plant in Lordstown, potentially putting 1500 people out of work. But he’s sounding like all isn’t lost even if the plant closes.