With equal parts optimism and caution, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reacted to President Trump’s twitter announcement that Automaker General Motors was negotiating a deal to sell their Lordstown assembly plant to startup electric Truck manufacturer Workhorse.
“Glad something is moving and it looks good but again we have to see more details,” said DeWine.
DeWine said he wasn’t familiar with the specifics but added that approval from the United Auto Workers Union was necessary to move ahead.
Just over 4-months into his first year as Governor of Ohio, DeWine said he understood the number of new jobs the deal would provide would be “in the hundreds” but added that Workhorse is negotiating a deal to sell trucks to the United States Postal Service that, if finalized, would bring about 3,000 new jobs to the plant.
Former employees of the GM Plant are represented by UAW Local 1112, where union leaders referred requests for all comment on the Workhorse proposal to UAW International.
UAW Local 1112 President David Green did tell NBC4 that former employees of the plant, closed since early 2019, are already struggling.
“We’ve got members who are no longer with us and some of that I’m sure has to do with the stress level,” said Green.
As a target of some of President Trump’s negative tweets in the past, Green and Trump are not strangers.
Green openly expressed frustration with Trump’s fondness for tweeting speculative information that affects the livelihood of so many.
“I am so embarrassed to be a US citizen living in a world where this is how news comes out, from the President’s cellphone via tweet. I think it’s ridiculous. I think it undermines the media and I think it adds stress to our entire country,” said Green.
Workhorse describes its focus as “providing sustainable and cost-effective electric-mobility solutions to the transportation sector” on its company website. It’s “e-fleet” offerings include electric trucks and delivery drones.