In a tweet on Saturday, President Donald Trump said General Motors should shut down the Lordstown factory somehow, either in another form or under new ownership.
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! Toyota invests $ 13.5 billion in the US, others as well. G.M. MUST DO FAST. Time is crucial!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The assembly plant in Lordstown, which employed more than 4,000 workers just two years ago, built its last car a week 19659005] This week, Governor said Mike DeWine, GM, has been in talks with one or more other companies to take the place of another use.
DeWine told The Vindicator in Youngstown that "it is clear to me that they are not looking to put a new line" of vehicles in the plant.
GM has not said whether it will be permanently closed, instead of saying that the facility will be kept in a "state of emergency" and that its fate will be decided during contract negotiations later this year.
The car manufacturer intends to close five factories in North America at the beginning of next year as part of a corporate restructuring. But the plant's closure in the US still has to be negotiated with the United Autor workers later this summer.
Political leaders in the state along with officials and workers are leading a campaign to save the Lordstown factory and lobby the company's top leaders.