Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump Races To Reopen GM Plant Ahead Of Ohio Visit

Trump Races To Reopen GM Plant Ahead Of Ohio Visit

Trump is set to visit a General Dynamics manufacturing plant in Ohio Wednesday before also attending a fundraiser.

Trump capped his weekend of ranting with a tweet disclosing that he had vented his frustrations during a conversation with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

The President sent a Tweet late Saturday afternoon saying GM must get the Lordstown plant open "fast!" Trump said. "I want jobs to stay in the United States of America and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast!" I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. More than 3,300 hourly workers were laid off indefinitely, representing about 7 percent of GM's hourly USA employees.

President Trump on Sunday said he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and told her he's disappointed about a shuttered vehicle plant in Ohio. "Time is of the essence!" . It is one of several North American plants that the automaker announced it would shutter by early next year as part of a restructuring effort.

"We are taking these actions now while the company and the economy are strong to stay in front of a fast-changing market", Barra said in a statement at the time. Bring jobs home!' he wrote.

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The GM logo is seen at the General Motors plant in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, January 22, 2019. "Stop complaining and get the job done!", Trump fumed in the tweet on Sunday. Fiat Chrysler recently announced a $4.5 billion investment in the US, while Toyota pledged to commit around $13 billion over the coming years. The automaker said that they had "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees".

Trump is expected to visit OH this week. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

The tweets marked some of his most pointed criticism of GM so far.

Production at the Lordstown plant ceased earlier this month.

The last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line on March 6 at Lordstown, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year, and ending US production of the Cruze.

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