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Trump pressures GM over OH plant closure, wants it ‘open now’

Trump pressures GM over OH plant closure, wants it ‘open now’

President Donald Trump has resumed his criticism of General Motors, its CEO Mary Barra, and a local labor leader in OH for not yet reopening a massive plant in the key swing state where he had vowed that jobs were "all coming back". General Motors will also shut down the Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada that now makes the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XT range.

He said he was miffed that the Lordstown plant was closed earlier this month "when everything else in our Country is BOOMING".

"I asked her to sell it or do something quickly", Trump revealed. According to the tweet, Barra "blamed the UAW" union for the plant's shutdown. Trump tweeted. "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in USA, others likewise. G.M".

He called on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner, while insisting that the Detroit automaker "must act quickly".

Trump's arm-twisting came in a series of tweets aimed at GM and the United Auto Workers union that stretched across Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Both U.S. senators from Ohio - Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman - have pushed the company to maintain jobs at the plant.

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The automaker also says that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered. It is one of several North American plants that the automaker announced it would shutter by early next year as part of a restructuring effort. The automaker said that it will offer buyouts to almost 14,000 workers across these five plants and mass layoffs would follow soon. Since 2017, GM cut two of the three production shifts there, eliminating 3,000 jobs amid sagging demand for small cars. The plant produced Chevy Cruze vehicles.

Even as it closed the Lordstown plant, GM is continuing to manufacture the Cruze model in Mexico, Argentina and China, where the wages it pays workers are substantially less than the wages it was paying the Lordstown employees.

The 6.3-million-square foot Lordstown assembly complex has manufactured more than 16 million vehicles since it opened in 1966, including almost 2 million Chevrolet Cruze cars since 2010. It's unclear if the Trump administration responded to Green's request. Trump - who frequently references the USA economy and low unemployment rates in tweets, during meetings with world leaders and in gaggles and interviews with reporters - often complains he doesn't get enough credit for successes. Fiat Chrysler recently announced a $4.5 billion investment in the USA, while Toyota pledged to commit around $13 billion over the coming years.

He also blasted GM for letting down the US and asserted "much better" automakers are coming to the country.


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