Democrat, Republican senators plan to meet with GM CEO about Lordstown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are coming together to meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra this week.

Last week, GM announced that it will stop producing the Chevy Cruze, effective March of 2019. That means the Lordstown plant will be out of a product and its workers will be out of a job.

“We have the best workers in the world in Ohio and I’m proud of the workers at Lordstown,” Portman said. “They have proven themselves time and time again, and Senator Brown and I will continue to fight on their behalf. I look forward to continuing our engagement with GM. I hope the company sees the incredible potential in this plant by keeping it open and bringing other production back to the Valley.”

Both Brown and Portman have already talked to her about solutions, including bringing a new vehicle to the Lordstown plant. They said they’ve urged GM to save Lordstown jobs.

“If you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work — people like workers at Lordstown. Senator Portman and I are committed to saving these jobs and call on GM to work with us to find solutions,” Brown said. “Ohio has stood by GM. Now GM needs to stand by Ohio and the workers who make their company successful.”

The senators will be meeting with Barra on Wednesday in Sen. Portman’s office.

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