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Updated On: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Trump Hails GM Plan to Invest $700 mn in Ohio, Sell Shuttered Plant

Content by: Voice of America

WASHINGTON —

President Donald Trump said Wednesday U.S. automaker General Motors will invest $700 million in Ohio and create 450 jobs, selling one of its shuttered plants to a company that will produce electric trucks.

"GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO!" Trump tweeted.

Trump said he had talked to GM chief Mary Barra who told him of plans to sell the Lordstown, Ohio plant to Workhorse, a company that focuses on producing electric delivery vehicles.

In November, GM shuttered five U.S. plants, including auto assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio, as part of a 15 percent cut in its workforce worldwide — cutting around 14,000 employees — a move which drew Trump's wrath on Twitter.

But in March, GM announced plans to invest $1.8 billion in U.S. operations creating 700 new jobs. About $300 million will be geared towards production of electric vehicles at the auto giant's Orion plant in Michigan, creating 400 jobs, the company said in a statement.

FILE - Several Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles are shown during a tour of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, Nov. 4, 2016.
FILE - Several Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles are shown during a tour of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, Nov. 4, 2016.

"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 said.

The U.S. president has repeatedly berated companies by name to pressure them into investing more or reversing decisions on job cuts.

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