Tesla may be interested in buying some of the factories General Motors plans to close, including in Ohio.
The company’s CEO Elon Musk told “60 Minutes” Tesla may be willing to buy some of the five factories GM said it would close late last month, according to an excerpt on the television show’s website. The “60 Minutes” episode will air on WHIO Channel 7 tonight at 7 p.m.
More than 14,000 GM jobs are directly impacted by the decision to close five plants, including one in Lordstown, Ohio. Other Ohio jobs could be impacted with local manufacturers such as Tennecco supplying parts to closing factories in Detroit and Oshaway Ontario.
General motors has come under fire for planning to cut more jobs and is being pressured by lawmakers to keep some facilities open. The company said consumers are looking to SUVs rather than cars, so they plan to stop production of the Cevrolet Cruze, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt as part of a larger plan to reconfigure the company.
Tesla focuses on electric vehicles including its Model S, Model X and Model 3.