"I think when we talk about jobs and investing in the USA workforce and the American worker - that's where General Motors and I think the president are very aligned", Barra told Jeff Flock referring to whether she was throwing Trump a bone with the announcement of its $1.8 billion investment in its electric-car plant in Orion, Michigan.
"So I am incredibly pleased to announce this morning that General Motor will be investing $300 million dollars and adding 400 new jobs to this facility to produce an all new Chevrolet electric vehicle". Aside from its primary goal of electric vehicle production, the investment will create 400 new jobs, over 50% of GM job target.
GM's plans would cut 14,000 jobs. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the OH plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election. She said when GM said it would idle four U.S. plants, it was scary and the investment in Orion provides "a little bit of job security for us".
"Hourly worker, Chrissy Clason, at the factory seemed optimistic about GM's looming plans telling U.S. that the announcement was "...wonderful, we always seem to get bad news".
"I am disappointed that GM has chosen to make this investment while Lordstown remains idle", said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th.
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According to GM representative Dan Flores, the company has "received inquiries from interested parties related to the Lordstown Complex and the Chevrolet Cruze".
Of those, more than 1,400 were in Lordstown, which the company says it will close as it winds down production of the Chevrolet Cruze.
The Orion plant now builds the Bolt EV, and the new Chevrolet EV will be based off an advanced version of the same vehicle architecture.
Originally the new electric Chevrolet was planned for production outside of the U.S, but GM changed plans to make use of existing facilities at Orion Township using Bolt EV architecture. And remember that GM has already announced it would be introducing 20 new electric cars globally by 2023.
"We want to create jobs, good paying jobs", Barra said, saying her talks with Trump had a "business focus". "We want every single person in Lordstown to stay within the GM family, and that's what we're working on". "We always seem to get bad news". "We'll have other opportunities, including some in OH", she said.