COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine cautioned against celebrating a win for the village of Lordstown yet, but he said things are moving in a positive direction.
“As far as Lordstown, this is probably not yet the day to celebrate. This is a day where we’re maybe moving forward,” he said.
General Motors announced Wednesday that it is in talks with Workhorse about selling the Lordstown plant after idling production there earlier this year.
Trump tweeted that Workhorse plans to build electric trucks at the facility.
DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted held a news conference Wednesday afternoon about the project and GM’s plans to invest in other Ohio facilities.
Husted called Workhorse a “promising Ohio company” and said they’d be aggressive as they could be to get the company to invest in Lordstown.
DeWine said the decision will depend on a number of factors, including negotiations between the UAW and General Motors. So far, UAW is not on board with plans to sell the plant and wants GM to invest in another product at the facility.
DeWine said he also hopes that Workhorse secures a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to provide it vehicles.