LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – President Trump’s tweet came at 8:18 a.m. on Wednesday, announcing “great news for Ohio” — General Motors wants to sell its Lordstown plant to Workhorse. But what do we know about this company and its plans for the facility?
“Well, I Googled it today because there’s Google,” said United Autoworkers Local 1112 President Dave Green.
He learned about Workhorse much the same way as everyone else did on Wednesday.
“I hear that they build electric vehicles and that’s about all I know,” Green said.
Cincinnati-based Workhorse is known for making electric trucks and delivery drones, which are launched off the tops of trucks. In fact, it created the world’s first electric pick-up truck.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the Lordstown deal relies heavily on a big future contract with the U.S. Postal Service.
During an afternoon news conference, DeWine talked about the USPS contract being put out for bid.
The next generation electric vehicles Workhorse builds would work as postal trucks. The contract is for $6.3 billion to build 180,000 trucks over five years.
“We’re certainly going to be urging the Post Office to grant that contract to Workhorse,” DeWine said.
Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted toured the Workhouse facility and was impressed.
“They’re converting products right now for companies like UPS. They’re a very viable company and they’re a company that has potential for a great future,” he said.
It’s not a done deal, though. The UAW union still has to agree to it.
It was quiet at the GM Lordstown plant on Wednesday. It’s been two months since the last Cruze rolled off the line.
Back at the union hall, Green said it’s too early for him to see this as something positive.
“It’s hard for me to have any positive feeling from a presidential tweet because, again, I have firsthand knowledge of his ignorance.”
The allocation of an electric vehicle like this must be approved by the UAW union. Green said he’d love to see those talks start as soon as possible.