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Lordstown Union Uninterested In Elon Musk's Idea To Buy Plant

Jeff Cooper

General Motors’ plant in Lordstown, which is slated for closure next year, could have a future with one of the automaker’s competitors.

GM will cease production of the compact Chevy Cruze next year, the only vehicle built at Lordstown. Meanwhile, the company plans to expand its electric vehicle program.

Sunday night on the CBS program “60 Minutes,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked about the plant and four others that are slated for closure.

“It’s possible that we would be interested, if they were going to sell a plant or not use it, that we would take it over,” Musk said.

But Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at Lordstown, says decisions about selling the plant are made at the corporate level.

“I don’t think our members are interested in having the building up for sale,” Green says. “We’ve been a family with General Motors for over 52 years and want to continue to be part of the GM family.

Green says he’s working to convince the company to allocate a new product to Lordstown next year. He adds that Lordstown’s workers are getting a lot of support from the “Drive It Home” marketing campaign and a letter-writing project from community members.

“[We] have been working hard building quality products to help make them money,” Green says. “We invested in them, now it’s their time to invest in us.”

The Youngstown Phantoms hockey team will also donate a portion of ticket sales from this coming weekend’s games (December 14-16) to families that work at the GM factory. Current employees can attend the games for free.

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010. A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University. While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.