Arno Hill

Lordstown Awaits Answers On GM Plant Sale

May 30, 2019

The mayor of Lordstown says his village is still waiting to learn whether GM will sell its idle auto plant to electric truck maker Workhorse.

Mayor Arno Hill said he met with GM and Workhorse officials in Columbus earlier this month. But he still has questions, such as who would invest in the plant and whether the company would ask for incentives.

“Right now, we’re just in the wait-and-see mode,” Hill said. “Ideally we’d like to get another General Motors product, so people don’t have to move out of town. But if that doesn’t happen, get us some answers.”

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, November 19:

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Lordstown’s employment picture could be changing in the next several years, as two large employers in the village face shifting futures.

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Officials in Lordstown are once again looking forward to the possibility of a thousand new jobs after HomeGoods re-committed to building a new distribution center in the city.

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CLARIFICATION: The 800 jobs associated with the electric generation plant are construction jobs. The ongoing employment will total several dozen.

The announcement that General Motors will cut a shift at its plant in Lordstown is being met with concern about the ripple effect beyond the 1,500 workers who will be affected.

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Officials in Lordstown – already home to a large General Motors complex -- are looking forward to nearly $1 billion in new projects this month. 

Groundbreaking for the Lordstown Energy Center is scheduled for today at 1 p.m.  About 500 people will be needed to build the $890 million natural gas plant, which is slated to be open in two years and will be run by a division of FirstEnergy.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill says the new facility can provide energy for up to 800,000 homes.