CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following readout after meeting today with Lordstown Motors Corporation (LMC) CEO Daniel Ninivaggi. Last week, LMC announced that it was finalizing a deal to sell its Lordstown plant to Foxconn. Foxconn then announced its plans to pursue a U.S. Energy Department loan to help pay for the costs of retooling the factory to build electric vehicles. Brown made clear in the meeting he is committed to making Lordstown a hub for electric vehicle manufacturing, and offered his office’s support for LMC and EV efforts at the former GM facility. Brown pressed Mr. Ninivaggi on how the facility’s sale to Foxconn would affect the company’s plans, and on the need for a long-term commitment to the Valley and comprehensive plan for job creation.
“I want to do everything possible to make the Valley a global leader in the electric vehicle supply chain and to help LMC – and any other company that comes to the Valley – succeed. We had a productive meeting discussing how we can partner to ensure LMC’s long-term growth in Ohio. The workers of the Mahoning Valley are the best in the world at what they do, and they are this company’s greatest asset. I look forward to meeting with Foxconn after their agreement is finalized with LMC to discuss their vision for the Valley and how I can help. This community deserves a plan for job creation and long-term success.”
In the meeting, Brown also made clear that he is fighting for investment in American electric vehicle production. Brown has worked to ensure the Electric Vehicle Tax Credits being considered in Congress, and that passed out of the Senate Finance Committee in May, will be more valuable for vehicles made in America and by union workers.
This summer, Brown wrote to the previous LMC Executive Chairperson to develop and share a detailed plan for how it plans to fulfill its promises to the Mahoning Valley. Brown has also been vocal in opposing any cuts or the elimination of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program, which could help companies like LMC. Last summer, he joined Reps. Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Marcia Fudge (OH-11) in writing to congressional appropriators urging them to reject any cuts or the elimination of this program in any year-end government funding legislation.