The discussions with Workhorse Group Inc., which makes plug-in pickups and all-electric delivery vans, and an affiliated new entity could bring "significant" production and assembly jobs to the Lordstown manufacturing complex, GM said in a statement on Wednesday, May 8.
DeWine said he was "trying to be realistic" about what might happen.
Should this sale finalize, the fate of the plant - widely thought to be in the hands of negotiators with the UAW and GM when they sit down later this year to hash out a new collective bargaining agreement - already will have been sealed and GM won't be part of its future. "That would be one of the goals of the company as they grow their business - to get a contract with the post office", DeWine said.
GM would not be involved with Workhorse's operations if the deal happens, said U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland. Trump in another tweet added that GM will spend $700 million in 3 separate OH locations, creating 450 jobs.
Separately, GM and the largest union representing Canada's auto workers have reached a deal to partly rescue an Ontario car-making plant slated to close this year by turning it into a parts-making facility, the automaker said in a statement.
GM produced its last Chevrolet Cruze compact auto at the Lordstown factory in March and had said it didn't have any future product planned for the 53-year-old facility. Many will be forced to transfer in order to preserve seniority and pension eligibility, O'Hara said. Union workers were livid that they agreed to make $118 million a year in annual concessions to save the plant in mid 2017, only to have the company effectively threaten to close it down a year and a half later.
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"General Motors should assign a product to the Lordstown facility and continue operating it", Dittes said.
GM closed the Lordstown plant in March, laying off 1,400 workers. "Great news for Ohio", Trump tweeted.
Also, Workhorse and another company have partnered to bid on a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's "next-generation delivery vehicle".
Workhorse also announced plans a year ago to develop a hybrid-powered passenger drone, and has suggested it could build similar models for its package delivery customers.
The decisions came after GM faced months of criticism over its plan announced in November to close five North American plants and cut 15,000 jobs.
But the remainder of the 2,600 workers at the plant in Oshawa, near Toronto, are still scheduled to be laid off.
When GM announced the plant-closure, it said it would find other jobs for most of its 1,600 workers, though many were at other factories and would require relocation.