Brown, Portman to meet GM leader in effort to keep Ohio plant open

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman will meet with the CEO of General Motors Wednesday— one week after she announced that the company was slashing 14,700 jobs in North America.

Brown, D–Ohio, and Portman, R–Ohio, will meet with Mary Barra in Portman’s office.

Both senators are concerned in particular about the announcement that part of the cuts would include layoffs of the final shift of 1,400 workers at the Lordstown plant near Youngstown, which produces the Chevy Cruze. The plant would close down in March 2019. The company has already eliminated nearly 3,000 jobs at the Lordstown plant over the last two years.

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The two have spoken already to Barra, urging her to save the Lordstown jobs and Brown spoke to President Donald Trump about the cuts last week.

“We have the best workers in the world in Ohio, and I’m proud of the workers at Lordstown,” said Portman, adding that the Lordstown workers “have proven themselves time and again.”

Said Brown: “Ohio has stood by GM. Now GM needs to stand by Ohio, and the workers who make their company successful.”

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