President Trump putting pressure on GM to reopen OH plant

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General Motors announced the plant's closure in November, putting 1,500 people out of work. The automaker also said that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered.

GM didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday.

This is the third time Trump has taken to Twitter over the weekend to express his frustration with GM's decision to shut several factories in the United States and Canada that employ some 15,000 workers.

The President sent a Tweet late Saturday afternoon saying GM must get the Lordstown plant open "fast!"

'We remain open to talking with all the affected stakeholders, but our main focus remains on our employees and offering them jobs in our plants where we have growth opportunities, ' the company said.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he urged General Motors Co's chief executive to "do something quickly" to reopen the company's Lordstown, Ohio, plant that was idled more than a week ago. The Congressman also called on other automakers to move into the plant if GM doesn't bring a new product there.

Almost 1400 people were employed at the Lordstown GM plant, but only 400 of those workers have accepted transfers to other plants. The plant produced Chevy Cruze vehicles.

The automaker and its rivals also see an overall auto market that was flat in 2018 at 17.3 million cars and trucks, and is predicted to fall this year. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze compact built in Lordstown fell 23 percent to just under 143,000 vehicles, according to GM's reported sales. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

Trump's tweet comes as four more GM plants prepare to close, including two here in metro Detroit. In the following month, Barra said in meetings with OH lawmakers that the future of the factory can turn on the outcome of labor talks. Over five years Toyota plans to invest almost $13 billion. In August of that year, it unveiled plans with Mazda Motor jointly build a $1.6 billion factory in Alabama.

The last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line on March 6 at Lordstown, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year, and ending US production of the Cruze.

GM said in a statement that it and the UAW would decide what happens to the plant.

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