LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation came away with few answers after meeting with the head of General Motors about the future of its shuttered assembly plant near Youngstown.
Republicans and Democrats talked with GM chief executive Mary Barra on Wednesday in Washington.
The fate of the plant in Lordstown is up in the air after GM stopped production there in Match and then last month announced it was looking at selling the site to an upstart electric vehicle maker.
Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown both expressed some doubts Wednesday about whether the sale will go through.
Portman says the first choice remains finding a way to have GM continue building cars at the plant where it has been more than 50 years.
“We will continue to fight for the workers in the Mahoning Valley who dedicated their lives to making Lordstown an award-winning plant,” said Portman in a joint statement with Brown.
“Today’s meeting was part of our ongoing efforts to push GM to do the right thing for them. We continue to have questions about GM’s decision to close the plant instead of bringing production of one of its 20 new electric vehicles there. My first choice remains for GM to reinvest in Lordstown, but we also need to hear more about this proposal to sell the plant to Workhorse and whether it will work. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to work with GM, the UAW, and other key stakeholders on this matter.”
Brown said, “GM owes these workers and local taxpayers who helped rescue the company when times were tough. Lordstown is an award-winning plant, and GM should invest its massive tax windfall to bring a new product to the plant – so these workers can keep doing what they do better than anyone: build great cars. Senator Portman and I will continue fighting for Lordstown.”