Congressman Tim Ryan Speaks with GM CEO Mary Barra
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) spoke with GM CEO and Chairwoman Mary Barra this morning over the phone. He discussed his disappointment with their decision to close GM Lordstown and lay off approximately 1,518 employees in March 2019. GM’s announcement included closing four other manufacturing facilities across North America – Michigan, Maryland, and Canada – laying off 14,700 people across the five facilities. Congressman Ryan discussed how GM could use the Mahoning Valley’s other resources to keep GM jobs in Northeast Ohio, emphasizing on getting a new product to GM Lordstown.
“On my call with GM CEO Mary Barra, I expressed my frustration and disappointment with GM’s decision to close the Lordstown plant. Generations of Northeast Ohioans have worked at this facility, and their recent announcement is devastating to our community. I told Mary Barra that I am focused on bringing a new product to GM Lordstown, and I will work with her and the Trump Administration to get that done – this is my highest priority. I described to Mary Barra that the Mahoning Valley is rich in resources that can help GM stay in Lordstown, whether it’s the Youngstown Business Incubator or the Tech Belt Innovation Center, we are second to none when it comes to additive manufacturing and 3-D printing. It doesn’t matter how many calls, letters, or meetings it will take, I am committed to finding a solution with GM, this Administration, and Congress to keep our jobs in Lordstown and protect American workers,” said Congressman Ryan.
After the phone call, Congressman Ryan was joined by his congressional colleagues, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Congressman Sander Levin (MI-09), and Congressman-Elect Andy Levin (MI-09) in a press conference in Washington, DC. They talked about the impact of GM’s decision in their communities and urged President Trump to keep his promise and save American manufacturing jobs.