General Motors is expecting to be the target of attacks during the upcoming Democratic debates in Michigan, with the company releasing a pair of U.S. production “fact sheets” in an attempt to quell any disinformation being spouted.
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The automaker announced in late 2018 that it would be closing four US production sites as it shifts its company strategy to focus on trucks and SUVs. It closed the Lordstown Assembly plant earlier this year, which built the Chevrolet Cruze, and closed the doors on its Warren Transmission Operations plant earlier this month. All told, the cuts resulted in about 15,000 jobs being lost , 8,000 of which were salaried.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Representative Dan Kildee were scheduled to hold a press conference with UAW workers right across the street from the Warren plant on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The focus of the conference will be to “highlight Trump’s broken promises on the economy,” in the area, the DNC said in a statement. The president previously campaigned in the region and vowed to fight for autoworkers’ jobs there.
GM’s alleged fact sheets aim to highlight all the ways the automaker is contributing to the American economy. One sheet reads: “GM’s U.S. manufacturing footprint is massive, especially compared to our operations in Mexico,” in large letters at the top and is followed by numbers and figures on its American workforce. GM says it current has “about three US hourly employees for each hourly employee working in Mexico (46,000 versus 16,000) and says its investment in U.S. manufacturing since 2009 is “almost five times greater than our investment in Mexico,” at $23 billion versus $5 billion.
The fact sheet also states that GM has “repaid our debts, and we have invested tens of billions of dollars back into the United States since,” the 2009 automotive bailout.
The Democratic primary debates from Michigan are scheduled to begin tonight at 8 p.m. ET.