President Trump toured a tank factory situated in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday and addressed a crowd with new comments about General Motors’ Lordstown plant on the other side of the state.
According to a Bloomberg report, the president told the crowd that GM should sell the facility. He argued the automaker needs to do whatever it can to reopen the plant.
“Get it open now. Don’t wait,” he added, taking a swipe at the fact labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and GM will not begin until later this year. The final outcome of the plant will be decided in labor negotiations as the current contract expires this September. For now, the plant is idle and not officially closed.
A GM spokesperson told Bloomberg there may be an offer to sell the plant on the table, however. The company admitted it’s received “inquiries from interested parties related to the Lordstown complex and the Chevrolet Cruze.” The automaker will evaluate any viable business opportunities related to the facility, but first, the UAW and GM need to hash things out.
President Trump’s comments come after he took to Twitter this past weekend to call for GM to reopen the plant or sell it. He also took aim at the local UAW 1112 president, David Green, and called on the leader to produce results for the workers.
The possibility of selling the Lordstown plant to another business was also hinted in comments from the Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine. The governor said his office remains in constant contact with GM and the automaker told him earlier this month it may have more news to share in the next few weeks. DeWine said there’s something going on behind the scenes, but the state is not aware of anything official.