The piece, published this week, claims the newspaper’s coverage of the Lordstown closure has been largely negative and failed to ever mention the positive side of the situation.
“It is true that compact car sales have declined across the industry. But a lot of things are going right in this country and at GM,” Cervone wrote.
Back in November of 2018, the GM Lordstown plant, the 6.2.-million-square-foot factory responsible for assembling the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, was shut down as part of GM’s restructuring plans. With its closure, 4,500 jobs were lost.
As is the case with any form of mainstream media, NYT covered the story intensively. Cervone accused the outlet of not showing any form of optimism related to the Lordstown situation and said coverage seemed “fixated on seeding doubt and despair with its unrelenting focus on a select few people”.
GM’s communications boss underlined the fact that approximately 850 people have accepted offers to relocate to another GM facility, while others are retiring with their pensions. Furthermore, Cervone mentioned that the plant itself could be sold to electric truck maker Workhorse, in a partnership with the United Auto Workers (UAW).
However, GM Authority recently reported that the UAW does not wish the plant to be sold to Workhorse, but that GM should assign a product to the facility and continue operating it.
That being said, Cervone remains firm that selling the plant to Workhorse would be the best case scenario for the state of Ohio.
“There is a significant opportunity (to sell Lordstown) for the local community and Ohio to be at the forefront of tomorrow,” he said. “This should drive a sense of optimism, not despair.”
Source: The New York Times