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Brown Says Workers Need More Information about Possible Sale of GM Lordstown

Workers put final touches on cars at the Lordstown GM plant.
Workers put final touches on cars at the Lordstown GM plant.

Senator Sherrod Brown is pleased that General Motors is investing $700 million in three Ohio plants, Parma, Toledo, and Moraine. But he said the company needs to provide more information about what’s next for the Lordstown facility.

Between February 2017 and this March, GM cut nearly 4,500 workers at the Lordstown plant. Some of them have taken jobs at GM plants elsewhere. But others are still figuring out what’s next. News that the Lordstown plant will be sold to electric vehicle maker Workhorse offers some hope, but Brown said workers need to know more.

“They’ve got to make some decisions because we don’t know what exactly is going to happen with this new company," Brown said. "[Mary] Barra, the [GM] CEO, needs to provide more information for that reason,  so that workers can make a decision.” 

Brown points out Workhorse currently employs fewer than 100 people. While the President is hyping the prospects, Brown is skeptical.  

“I will work with the President. I’m hopeful, but he’s not engaged in any constructive way to help the Mahoning Valley,” Brown said.  

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A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.