ICYMI — Local Officials Skeptical About Pence’s Dubious Lordstown Claims

In case you missed it… The Youngstown Vindicator reported Thursday that local officials working to find a company for the idled General Motors Lordstown complex don’t know what Vice President Mike Pence is talking about when he said Workhorse Group Inc. and an affiliated entity have the money in place to buy the plant.

The Warren Chronicle Tribune reported Wednesday that “a person familiar with the matter said Workhorse has not secured funding to buy the plant.”

“When Donald Trump promised to protect jobs in the Valley, he lied. The Lordstown plant shut down, hard-working Ohioans lost their jobs and many had to sell their homes and move,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Now Mike Pence is claiming that Workhorse has secured funding for the Lordstown plant, but nobody else seems to know what he’s talking about. The hard-working people of Lordstown are experiencing terrible hardship right now, and it would just be cruel if Mike Pence and the Trump administration are misleading them once again.”

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • James Dignan, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber president and CEO, said he “can’t imagine” the funding Workhorse has secured is “directly tied” to purchasing the idled General Motors Lordstown complex.
  • Dignan – who is co-chairman of the Drive It Home campaign – said Wednesday he was “surprised” to read Pence’s statements at a Tuesday event in Lancaster, Ohio, that Workhorse “just this week secured the financing to move forward to keep jobs in that community [Lordstown], and we’re going to continue to look for ways to support that.”
  • Dignan said he and his staff have no information on the funding.
  • “There are a lot of unknowns, as there are with Workhorse,” he said. “I can’t imagine it’s anything related to Lordstown. But he’s the vice president. He may know differently.”
  • With the United Auto Workers negotiating with GM, which started July 15, Dignan said: “We don’t expect any announcement on Lordstown for another month or two.”
  • Also, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said of Pence’s comments: “I don’t know where [Workhorse] is at right now. I don’t know if it’s correct.”
  • Also, Pence’s office didn’t respond to requests Wednesday to expand on his comments.
  • GM ended production of the Chevrolet Cruze at its 53-year-old Lordstown plant in March, eliminating the last 1,600 jobs left at the facility that employed about 4,500 in 2017.

READ MORE:

Youngstown Vindicator: “Local Officials Know Nothing Of Pence Claim About Lordstown

Warren Tribune Chronicle: “Mike Pence says Workhorse has secured financing

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