General Motors, Lordstown plant has been sold to startup Lordstown Motors.
The Lordstown Assembly plant will be introducing the new electric pickup “Endurance” which is to be used for fleet sales. Steve Burns the former head at Workhorse will lead the company.
The Ohio plant was one of the crucial issues that created a rift between the UAW and General Motors. Closing the Lordstown plant meant that many jobs would be lost, but GM stuck to its closure of the plant.
LMC is backed by Workhorse Group, the electric truck maker. The Lordstown plant will be used as headquarters, providing work for experienced workers in that area, says LMC CEO Steve Burns.
Rich Schmidt who is the chief production officer, is very positive about Endurance pickup truck. Earlier, he had been Tesla’s director of manufacturing.
General Motors says that Ohio will continue in job growth with the production of Endurance electric pickup. Lordstown Motors will contribute to making the Lordstown area into the manufacturing hub it was previously.
Lordstown Motors and Workhorse will bring back vehicle production in this area again, says Burns. Once the transaction is finalized, production will continue and if possible, additional production will also come into being, he says.
General Motors plans to build a plant in the Lordstown area for battery cells. This will provide about 1,000 jobs, it says.
General Motors Ohio plant had provided jobs to about 4,500 people. Though new plants will be a far cry from what it was, many of the workers had shifted to other GM plants. However, some have stayed back in the same Lordstown area.
The agreement details about the intellectual property licensing between Workhorse and Lordstown Motors has been outlined on Thursday. Details regarding when production will begin and the number of jobs to be created, have not been specified.
Apart from Endurance, Tesla, Rivian and General Motors will also introduce electric pickups.
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