In a tweet on Saturday, President Donald Trump said General Motors must somehow shut down the Lordstown facility, either in a different form or under a new ownership.
Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get its 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 HAVE FAST SPEED. Time is of essence!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The assembly plant in Lordstown, which employs more than 4,000 workers just two years ago, built its last car one last week, eliminating the final 1700 positions left at the factory.
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This week, Governor Mike DeWine said that GM has spoken to one or more other companies about taking over the site for 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 facility.
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 fate will be determined during contract negotiations later this year.
The car manufacturer intends to close five factories in North America by next year as part of a corporate restructuring. But the US plant closure must still be negotiated with United Auto Workers later this summer.
Political leaders in the state along with union representatives and workers are leading a campaign to save the Lordstown facility and lobby leaders.