General Motors Co. in Detroit has announced that it is creating more than 450 new manufacturing jobs in three Ohio cities and that it is in discussions with Cincinnati’s Workhourse Group Inc. to sell its idled Lordstown plant.
The new jobs are the result of approximately $700 million in manufacturing investment to expand GM’s operations in Toledo, Parma, and Moraine.
“The U.S. economy and our core business are strong, so we can expand our commitment to U.S. manufacturing and Ohio, and create job opportunities for our employees,” says Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM. “We also expect to bring more jobs to the U.S. over time in support of the expected provisions of the (NAFTA replacement) USMCA.”
The Ohio plant investments include expanding production of the company’s all-new 10-speed automatic transmission for trucks and SUVs at Toledo Transmission, expanding production of stamped parts and deploying laser cell welding technology at the Parma Metal Center, and expanding diesel engine production for GM’s all-new heavy-duty pickups at the DMAX plant in Moraine.
The discussions to sell the idle Lordstown Complex to Workhorse Group Inc. and an affiliated, newly formed entity could bring electric vehicle assembly jobs to the area.
“The first vehicle we would plan to build if we were to purchase the Lordstown Complex would be a commercial electric pickup, blending Workhorse’s technology with Lordstown’s manufacturing expertise,” says Steve Burns, founder of Workhorse Group.