Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on GM Ending Presence in Mahoning Valley
Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding General Motors’ announcement that the proposed tentative agreement between GM and the UAW would officially end General Motors’ presence in the Mahoning Valley. GM’s announcement also mentioned the potential for an as-yet-to-be-named company to bring battery cell production to the area, as well as the sale of the GM Lordstown Complex to Lordstown Motors Corp – a new company that plans to build electric pickup trucks for commercial fleet customers. However, the battery production facility and the purchase of the facility by Lordstown Motors Corp still remain uncertain and may not bring enough jobs to replace the GM jobs that have left.
“GM has been a part of our community for over half a century. Generations of Northeast Ohioans have worked at the Lordstown plant, and every person in our community has a connection to GM Lordstown. It’s why today’s decision from GM to leave the community is so devastating and reopens wounds from their first announcement in November 2018. After nearly a year of urging CEO Mary Barra to bring a new product to the plant, GM has turned its back on the very people who worked to make this company what it is today—the same people who bailed GM out when they were on the verge of bankruptcy. President Trump came to Youngstown and told us not to sell our homes – but where is he now?
“Throughout the strike and negotiations, I’ve been in close contact with UAW officials and have stood with workers on the picket-line in Lordstown and at plants across the Midwest. While I support bringing an end to this strike and getting our workers back on the job, it’s a sad day in the Valley. I will continue to fight to make the best of a tragic situation by getting Lordstown back up and running with a new occupant to bring high-paying jobs to Northeast Ohio,” said Congressman Ryan.