State Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and State Representatives Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) traveled to Detroit this week for talks with executives at General Motors (GM) about the Lordstown plant.

“With the recent reduction in shifts and the decline in sales of the Cruze, our legislative delegation thought it was critical to sit down with GM officials to discuss matters face-to-face,” said Sen. Sean O’Brien. “We wanted to express our desire to work with GM to increase sales of the Cruze and keep the Lordstown plant in consideration for any future vehicle development.”

The fate of the GM Lordstown plant has been a concern for many in the region after local production of the Chevy Cruze was cut, resulting in a reduction of shifts from three to one and a corresponding loss of jobs in the area.

“GM’s corporate executives said several times how impressed they were that we made the drive to the Detroit headquarters,” said Rep. Michael O’Brien. “As leaders in the global automotive industry, General Motors executives are very willing to continue the conversation we initiated this week.”

The lawmakers met with GM officials Dan Turton, North America vice president of public policy; Bryan R. Roosa, executive director of North America government relations; John K. Blanchard, director of local government relations; and Brian O'Connell, director of state government relations.

“We want to keep the lines of communication open with General Motors relative to their Lordstown facility and would like to thank them for meeting with us,” said Rep. Holmes.

“As one of the top employers in the Valley, we hope to have additional talks and continue our strong relationship with GM,” said Sen. Sean O’Brien. “We remain committed to manufacturing a great product like the Cruze in Lordstown and we will continue to support the men and women who work at the plant. I believe our talks went a long way toward doing just that.”


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