In addition to the announcement regarding negotiations to sell the Lordstown Plant, General Motors has also pledged to invest approximately $700 million to expand its other operations in Ohio.
The automaker said this will lead to the creation of more than 450 manufacturing jobs in three of the state’s cities: Toledo, Parma, and Moraine. The Toledo Transmission facility will expand production of the company’s all-new 10-speed automatic transmission for trucks and SUVs.
The Parma Metal Center will build more stamped parts and deploy laser cell welding technology. As for the DMAX plant in Moraine, it will expand diesel engine production for GM’s all-new heavy-duty pickups scheduled to go on sale later this year.
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“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,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We also expect to bring more jobs to the U.S. over time in support of the expected provisions of the USMCA,” the chief executive added.
As the new jobs are created, hourly employees from other GM plants may request a transfer to one of these three UAW-represented sites. General Motors says that more than 1,350 employees from its unallocated plants, including Lordstown, have already accepted transfers.
Including the 450-plus new jobs in Ohio, GM has announced the creation of more than 2,000 new jobs so far in 2019. These include 1,000 jobs at Flint Assembly to support production of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups, 400 jobs at Orion Assembly to support the launch of a second Chevrolet EV, and another 400 jobs to support a second production shift at Bowling Green Assembly for the all-new, mid-engined Corvette.