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Trump says GM will sell Lordstown, Ohio, plant to Workhorse for electric truck production

Key Points
  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised General Motors CEO Mary Barra after he says she informed him GM will sell its shuttered Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing plant to auto manufacturer Workhorse.
  • Trump added that GM will also spend $700 million in Ohio, creating 450 new jobs in three separate locations.
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General Motors 'in discussions' to sell Lordstown complex

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised General Motors CEO Mary Barra after he says she informed him GM will sell its shuttered Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing plant to auto manufacturer Workhorse to build electric trucks.

GM later clarified that it is still in talks with Workhorse about a potential sale. 

Trump added that GM will also spend $700 million in Ohio, creating 450 new jobs in three separate locations.

"I have been working nicely with GM to get this done. Thank you to Mary B, your GREAT Governor, and Senator Rob Portman. With all the car companies coming back, and much more, THE USA IS BOOMING!" Trump tweeted.

Workhorse, the company Trump said GM is selling the plant to, is a Loveland, Ohio-based automaker that specializes in electric vehicles.

GM's Lordstown assembly plant, which produced more than 16 million vehicles over a span of several decades, shut down in March. The automaker closed the factory to avoid making the same financial mistakes that sent it into bankruptcy in 2009.

Trump had condemned GM's decision to close its plant, putting pressure on the company to resume operations. Trump said he spoke with Barra after the plant closed and claimed she "blamed" the closure on the United Auto Workers union.

"I don't care, I just want it open!" he tweeted in March.

Workhorse W-15 Electric Pickup Truck.
Source: Workhorse