General Motors announces investment in 3 Ohio locations


DETROIT (AP) — General Motors announced Wednesday plans to invest in three Ohio locations, including Moraine.

General Motors plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks.

President Donald Trump announced the deal Wednesday on Twitter. He also wrote that GM plans to spend $700 million at three locations in Ohio and create 450 additional jobs. He wrote that he got the news from GM CEO Mary Barra.

One such location includes DMAX in Moraine.

Governor DeWine spoke with Barra as well, and relayed some of that call at the Capitol Wednesday:

“She told me about Parma and Moraine and Toledo, 450 jobs. She told me that they had discussions going on. I asked her how many jobs are we talking about, and she said in the hundreds,” said DeWine.

Acting City Manager for the City of Moraine, Michael Davis, congratulated DMAX on Wednesday, saying: 

Moraine is fortunate to have a stalwart like DMAX in our community and we look forward to supporting the undetermined investment that will be designated to DMAX’ operations as part of today’s overall GM Ohio investment.  It speaks volumes to the Duramax Diesel engine and their talented team of employees.  We are proud to have them call Moraine home.

The announcement comes after GM and the Canadian auto workers union reached a deal to save 300 jobs at an Ontario factory that is slated to close by the end of this year.

But the remainder of the 2,600 workers at the plant in Oshawa, near Toronto, are still scheduled to be laid off.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra today and released the following statement after their phone call: 

“I just spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra who told me GM would invest an additional $700 million in Ohio at its Toledo, Parma and Moraine plants, which would create 450 new jobs.  She also told me that GM, subject to the approval of the UAW, is in negotiations to sell the Lordstown plant to the Workhorse Group to make commercial electric trucks.  I also spoke with Dave Green, UAW Local 1112 president, about the news.  My message to GM all along has been either to bring a new GM vehicle to the plant or to find a partner that will use this world-class facility so people can get back to work.  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.  I want to thank President Trump for his help in finding a positive solution for Lordstown.  I will continue to work with GM, the UAW, and other key stakeholders on this matter in the coming weeks and months.”

Senator Sherrod Brown also tweeted a statement following the announcement, suggesting more information is needed before calling it a victory:

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