Congressman Tim Ryan Holds Meeting with Lordstown Motors CEO in Washington, DC
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) met Tuesday, January 28th with Steve Burns, CEO of Lordstown Motors to discuss Lordstown Motors' upcoming application for an approximately $200 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan through the US Department of Energy. Lordstown Motors plans to use the funds to update their plant—the former GM Lordstown Assembly Plant--to manufacture electric-powered pickup trucks. They plan to hire as many as 400 workers by the end of this year.
In their conversation, Mr. Burns updated Congressman Ryan on the project, in which production of the electric-powered pickup trucks is set to begin by the end of the year. Congressman Ryan expressed his full support and offered his continued assistance in moving the project forward. Earlier this year, Congressman Ryan worked with the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to obtain federal funding for the ATVM loan program, so it would be available to help convert the Lordstown plant to produce electric vehicles. Ryan also recently led the Ohio delegation in a letter to the US Department of Energy to urge their approval of Lordstown Motors’ application.
“Mr. Burns and I had an incredibly productive meeting yesterday. I’m very happy with the status update provided on Lordstown Motors’ upcoming electric vehicle manufacturing plant. I’m heartened that Lordstown Motors will be providing high wages to Ohio workers, and I will do everything I can to help them secure an ATVM loan and keep moving this project forward,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Our community in Northeast Ohio has a long auto-manufacturing history, and I’m pleased that Lordstown Motors understands our community’s expertise and skills in this field and plans to put us back to work doing what we do the best – building award-winning vehicles.”