CEO Duane Hughes said in a news release Tuesday that the company is transitioning from a development-oriented organization to a production-focused manufacturer.
It is not clear how many people Workhorse may employ, whether they would make as much as the UAW workers at Lordstown or if GM will have a continuing business relationship with Workhorse. The move, Trump tweeted, would see GM spending around $700 million in OH and creating 450 jobs.
Company officials also say a partnership with Duke Energy will help them reach their goal of producing less expensive electric vehicles by the thousands, instead of the hundreds by providing fleet customers with a way to easily recharge a large number of vehicles. According to Steve Burns, Workhorse's founder, it'll be new, electric and a truck: "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", Burns said in a statement. The company is on target, he said, to begin delivering its new electric vans at the end of this year.
News of the pending sale was greeted gloomily by workers in Lordstown who were hoping that GM would reopen the factory about 60 miles east of Cleveland that stopped producing the Chevrolet Cruze compact vehicle in March.
Trump, in a tweet, said the sale of the OH plant to Workhorse Group Inc will require the approval of the United Auto Workers union. Many will be forced to transfer in order to preserve seniority and pension eligibility, O'Hara said.
Workhorse Group Inc. of Cincinnati said it had first-quarter sales of $364,000, down from $560,000 in the first quarter of 2018.
"I guess that means they're done in Lordstown", O'Hara said of GM.Читайте также: Excédée, Geneviève de Fontenay quitte en direct le plateau — TPMP
The financial report indicates Workhorse had $2.8 million on hand as of March 30.
Only a skeleton crew remains on duty at the plant scrapping old parts, O'Hara said.
Sen. Rob Portman of OH tweeted that he was "optimistic" about the news and that he has worked with Workhorse.
But news of the pending sale was greeted gloomily by workers in Lordstown who were hoping that GM would reopen the factory that stopped producing the Chevrolet Cruze compact auto in March. GM came under harsh criticism from Trump and members of Congress after it announced in November it would close five North American asssembly plants and cut 15,000 jobs.
But the remainder of the 2,600 workers at the plant in Oshawa, near Toronto, are still scheduled to be laid off.
About 1,700 hourly positions at the Trumbull County facility were expected to be eliminated as part of the company's major restructuring plan, which was announced past year.
The president jumped behind his support for a new automobile company to occupy the space after GM announced it was ceasing production, leaving 1,700 Lordstown workers out of a job.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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