New Chevrolet electric vehicle coming, $300M investment in MI plant

General Motors has received inquiries from 'interested parties' regarding Lordstown plant

General Motors has received inquiries from 'interested parties' regarding Lordstown plant

Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an OH plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. 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.

The moves come after last weekend's string of venomous tweets by President Donald Trump condemning GM for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.

The decision announced by the auto manufacturer on Friday was made to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle designed and engineered off an advanced version of the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV already produced at the plant.

Last year, GM said it would end production at five North American assembly plants and eliminate about 15,000 jobs, prompting outrage and a two-day visit by Barra to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the job cuts. "This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future".

During a visit to the Lima Army Tank Plant on Wednesday, President Trump called for the Lordstown GM plant to be sold so workers could be employed there again.

General Motors has received inquiries from 'interested parties' regarding Lordstown plant

About 1,700 hourly positions at the Trumbull County facility will be eliminated as part of the company's major restructuring plan, which was announced previous year. "So we're taking the steps and being responsible to make sure that we can continue to grow in these areas, and continue to have a strong USA manufacturing base that creates a lot of good paying jobs". About 3,300 workers in the US would lose their jobs, as well as 2,600 in Canada. We'll continue to work with the stakeholders in the community because we want to do the right thing for the community.

According to GM representative Dan Flores, the company has "received inquiries from interested parties related to the Lordstown Complex and the Chevrolet Cruze". "So we are going to continue to focus on that... but I understand it's a hard message".

"We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the USA", said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra during an announcement at the plant with employees, elected officials and community leaders.

OH and the area around the Lordstown plant are important to Trump's 2020 re-election bid.