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    GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    The New York Times
    June 5, 2019

    A letter to the editor from a GM executive to the New York Times in response to a recent articles concerning the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio production plant:

    To the Editor:

    Your coverage of General Motors, the end of Chevrolet Cruze production and the possible sale of our Lordstown (Ohio) Complex has been extensive. What has been missing is any sense of optimism.

    It is true that compact car sales have declined across the industry. But a lot of things are going right in this country and at G.M. The economy is robust and at full employment; demand for G.M.’s trucks and crossovers is strong; there are thousands of well-paying G.M. jobs available at other plants; and there is a prospective buyer for the Lordstown plant that wants to build electric pickup trucks in partnership with the United Auto Workers.

    Yet you seem fixated on seeding doubt and despair with its unrelenting focus on a select few people (Sunday Magazine, May 5), national politics (front page, May 28) and risks (Business Day, May 29).

    We don’t dismiss the personal challenges our Lordstown employees face. But like other G.M. hourly employees, they have the opportunity to relocate to plants in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and other states to maintain their jobs, which can pay more than $100,000 a year, including the most generous profit-sharing plan in the auto industry.

    So far, close to 850 people have accepted offers to relocate to another G.M. facility, while others are retiring with their pensions or leaving G.M. to take new jobs closer to home. Some employees continue to take a wait-and-see approach.

    With the end of Cruze production, a sale of the plant to a new company affiliated with Workhorse Group is the best opportunity we have found to keep vehicle production at the site — a conclusion we reached after reviewing proposals from multiple interested parties.

    Why Workhorse? Because it is better positioned than most electric vehicle start-ups, with hundreds of battery electric trucks on the road, satisfied customers and a substantial order backlog. Workhouse is using this expertise to back a new start-up that plans to buy the Lordstown plant with support from investors and the U.A.W.

    If talks this summer between the parties are successful, it will put Workhorse at the center of a new and potentially lucrative growth market — commercial electric trucks — as you reported in June 2018.

    But you are overly focused on Workhorse’s need for capital. A start-up that loses money and consumes capital for some period? That’s hardly man-bites-dog material, but it is an easy story to write since Workhorse is a public company and its results are open for public inspection, unlike most of its peers.
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    Workhorse has been ahead of its time. Now, the momentum of an all-electric future is catching up to it, and it is positioning itself for the future.

    Without a doubt, there is more work that needs to be done to take care of our people and to complete the Lordstown sale, but there is a significant opportunity for the local community and Ohio to be at the forefront of tomorrow. This should drive a sense of optimism, not despair.

    Tony Cervone
    Detroit

    Editor's Note: The writer is senior vice president for global communications at General Motors.








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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    While it is a good article with valid points, it still doesn't change the fact that you closed this plant down and moved the production out of country for larger profits. If it was not for the media backlash and bad national PR that probably bit into their profits, GM would not have done anything for those people.
    Once you are down this path of greed, I dont believe anything you say, GM.

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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    If GM has more people like Tony Cervone in upper management, they're in big trouble.

    "Why 1999 Was Hollywood’s Greatest Year
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    What does this even mean ?!?!??!??

    Tony: You work for a truck manufacturer. Why are you praising the competition? Why isn't GM building electric pickups and trucks?

    I think it would be more productive if you resign and your salary goes to hiring back a few line workers.

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    GM's management have further convinced me that they are a sorry bunch of morons with this response.
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    GM closed this plant while opening a new one in MEXICO to build the new Blazer.

    That is completely unforgivable no matter what GM's PR pinheads want to spin. Absolutely their fault and ONLY their fault!

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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    Quote Originally Posted by Evo69 View Post
    GM's management have further convinced me that they are a sorry bunch of morons with this response.
    The writer is senior vice president for global communications at General Motors.

    AKA another PR flack. GM's PR Department is about as pathetic as they get. If anyone there had a brain, questionable, they'd fire the lot of them and hire whoever does ANY of those insurance company ads.
    But when you're brain dead, you don't think a great deal.
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    Tone-deaf and just generally a bad idea.

    Peter DeLorenzo will have a field day with this.
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    I could be wrong but i believe lordstown plant was designed for narrow vehicles to be
    produced there...

    Gm didnt want to invest the money...its their business...their choice.

    Get over it.

    I liked the letter.
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    I could be wrong but i believe lordstown plant was designed for narrow vehicles to be
    produced there...

    Gm didnt want to invest the money...its their business...their choice.

    Get over it.

    I liked the letter.
    Liked the letter except for the Workhorse praise, I just don't see them as a legitimate operation.
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    I could be wrong but i believe lordstown plant was designed for narrow vehicles to be
    produced there...

    Gm didnt want to invest the money...its their business...their choice.
    The Lordstown plant was designed for subcompact and compact cars only. There is a production line height restriction on vehicles that will require a substantial investment to build a larger vehicle, like a pickup truck. However, I guess it all depends on what GM sells the facility for.

    As we know, a company named "Tesla" bought a former GM plant in Freemont, California for almost nothing.







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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    What is that saying again?.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    The Lordstown plant was designed for subcompact and compact cars only. There is a production line height restriction on vehicles that will require a substantial investment to build a larger vehicle, like a pickup truck...
    Literally cars? Could the Envision be built there, its not too big...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyg View Post
    Literally cars? Could the Envision be built there, it’s not too big...
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    Re: GM Responds To NYT Lordstown Plant Cover Story

    Quote Originally Posted by fastbal1 View Post
    GM closed this plant while opening a new one in MEXICO to build the new Blazer.

    That is completely unforgivable no matter what GM's PR pinheads want to spin. Absolutely their fault and ONLY their fault!
    The Blazer plant has been there since 1981.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BahamaTodd View Post
    The Blazer plant has been there since 1981.
    Right, they expanded it; Lordstown has been making cars since 1966..............
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