The General Motors Lordstown plant in Ohio went idle after decades of production, but the automaker may have news to share about the facility in the next few weeks.
According to The Business Journal, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine told media at a visit to the Mahoning Valley that “it’s clear” there’s something going on behind the scenes surrounding the Lordstown plant. He added his office is in touch with GM about twice a week to try and learn more about any possible deal to sell the plant to another company. DeWine said he assumes any deal involves another automaker, but he’s not certain.
The governor also said the last time he asked the automaker when the state would learn more (this past Sunday) GM said it’d have more to share in four to six weeks.
Governor DeWine has been adamant he wants the state to be involved as soon as possible with any potential buyer of the Lordstown plant to present incentives for another company. The earlier the state can show what it has to offer, the better, Governor DeWine said previously.
“The state is going to be actively involved to help, and we can’t help until someone says what help they need,” he said Tuesday.
The discussions around the Lordstown plant’s future seem to kill any idea of GM planning to allocate a new vehicle for the plant. Governor DeWine said that remains the ideal situation, but realistically, it doesn’t seem likely from what the automaker has told his administration. Production ended at the facility last Wednesday when the final Chevrolet Cruze left the assembly line. The car will stay local to Ohio after a buyer petitioned to purchase the car before it was shipped to Florida.
We may learn some news about the facility in the weeks to come, but the final say will come from United Auto Worker union and GM negotiations as the two hash out a new labor contract later this year.