General Motors had big news for the state of Ohio on Wednesday, which included confirmation it’s in talks to potentially sell the Lordstown plant. However, the automaker also announced a $700 million investment in the state.
The sum will go to three plants across the state: the Duramax plant in Moraine, the Toledo Transmission plant, and the Parma Metal Center. The Duramax plant will expand diesel engine production ahead of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD’s launch later this year. In Toledo, GM said it will add production of its 10-speed automatic transmission for its full-size trucks and SUVs. In Parma, production of stamped parts will increased and the facility will begin to use laser-cell welding technology.
Although the automaker did not break down the specific figures, the investment will see 450 new jobs created across the three manufacturing sites. However, UAW employees may request a transfer to any of the sites for one of the new jobs created. It’s especially good news for Lordstown workers, who may be able to stay closer to home, rather than taking a transfer opportunity out of state.
Alongside the $700 million investment announcement, GM said it’s in talks with Cincinnati, Ohio-based Workhorse to sell the Lordstown plant. Workhorse builds battery-electric vehicles and made a splash years ago with plans for a fully electric pickup truck. The company said it wants to use the Lordstown plant to build its upcoming pickup.
The UAW, however, said it wants to see GM add a new vehicle to the plant rather than sell the site. The final outcome of Lordstown’s future will be determined in labor negotiations between the UAW and GM this year as the current contract expires this September.