Portman-Brown Fox Business Op-Ed: “GM, Don’t Walk Out On Lordstown”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) penned an op-ed in Fox Business calling on General Motors to change course on its decision to shut down production at its Lordstown plant, which just this year was ranked by J.D. Power as the GM’s best plant in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for quality. The senators have continually urged GM to invest in this highly-productive facility rather than shutter its doors. Brown and Portman met with GM CEO Marry Barra two weeks ago to press her to reconsider shutting down the plant and instead bring new production to Lordstown, and they sent a letter to GM last week demanding answers on the potential job and supply chain impacts should GM decide to pursue its disastrous decision to close the plant. 

In the op-ed, Portman and Brown wrote: We want answers, but the people of Lordstown deserve more than that. They deserve the opportunity to once again show what they can do. They deserve the chance to continue making cars in the community many of them have called home for their entire lives, and to be treated with the respect and dignity they have earned through the region’s decades-long commitment to GM.

Excerpts of the op-ed can be found below and the full op-ed can be found at this link.  

GM, Don't Walk out on Lordstown
By Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown

Fox Business

December 18, 2018

Ohio has stood by General Motors. Now General Motors needs to stand by Ohio.

As Ohio’s senators, we know that our autoworkers are some of the best in the world. And if you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work—people like the workers at Lordstown.

The first GM cars rolled off the assembly lines at Lordstown more than 50 years ago. Since that time, GM has become ingrained in the Mahoning Valley, where the resiliency of the workforce is as strong as the steel the region is known for. From bull market through the Great Recession, Lordstown has stood by GM. Now GM, Trumbull County's single largest employer, is about to walk out on Lordstown.

That would be a huge mistake and the wrong decision for GM. Just this year, J.D. Power ranked the Lordstown plant as GM’s best plant in the United States, Canada and Mexico for quality. That’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these world-class employees.

That’s what we recently met to discuss with GM CEO Mary Barra in Washington, D.C. We had a very candid discussion where, among other things, we urged her to bring a new product or other products to the plant.

In the end, Mary Barra said that while she doesn’t want to raise expectations, she will keep an open mind about the future of the plant. We remain frustrated with GM’s handling of this decision and disappointed with how the hardworking employees, who by sweat and toil have made GM what it is today, have been treated throughout this process.

We want answers, but the people of Lordstown deserve more than that. They deserve the opportunity to once again show what they can do. They deserve the chance to continue making cars in the community many of them have called home for their entire lives, and to be treated with the respect and dignity they have earned through the region’s decades-long commitment to GM.

 

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