Trump Was Right: GM Confirms Talks With EV Maker Workhorse For Lordstown Plant Sale

Donald Trump stole GM’s thunder yesterday by being the first to announce that the automaker is negotiating a sale of its Lordstown plant in Ohio to Workhorse Group.

As it turns out, the U.S. President was right. Not long after his tweets, GM announced that it is “in discussions with Workhorse Group Inc. and an affiliated, newly formed entity to sell the company’s Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio.”

According to the automaker, “the move has the potential to bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant.” GM added that upon final agreement, the newly formed entity led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns would acquire the facility. This will leave Workhorse Group holding a minority interest in the new entity.

“We remain committed to growing manufacturing jobs in the U.S., including in Ohio, and we see this development as a potential win-win for everyone,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. “Workhorse has innovative technologies that could help preserve Lordstown’s more than 50-year tradition of vehicle assembly work,” the executive added.

Also read: Businessman Wanted To Buy Thousands Of Cruzes To Keep Lordstown Plant Open

GM’s release said that upon final agreement with all parties, including the UAW, work could begin immediately to prepare the facility for new production. Workhorse founder Steve Burns said his company is planning to build a commercial electric pickup at Lordstown Assembly.

“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. While he didn’t identify the model, he was most likely referring to the Workhorse W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck unveiled in 2017 which is yet to enter production.

The Lordstown Assembly plant built the Chevrolet Cruze compact car until March 6 when GM stopped production.

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  • Christian

    He is always right..Jezz

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Eww that truck is so ugly

  • Netsphere

    pinnacle of automotive design

    • TheAmerican2point0

      Maybe in India

  • Ben

    Honestly, that truck looks like it comes from a low resolution game that didn’t license official vehicles so they had to make their own.

  • Cool guy

    TTTTTTTTTUUUUUUURRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This guy

    If I lived in Lordstown I would not be getting too excited about this…….thing being built there. It makes the Aztek look well designed. If they gave me one I would sell it and buy a 1990 corolla to replace it. In all seriousness though, this cant possibly be the final design…..is it??

  • Mr. EP9

    “We remain committed to growing manufacturing jobs in the U.S., including in Ohio, and we see this development as a potential win-win for everyone,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO.

    No she doesn’t. She’s lying. Offloading the Lordstown plant to Workhorse is a way of getting politicians off of their backs and getting rid of a plant they no longer plan on using.

    • Enter Ranting

      Well, GM is spending $700,000,000 to create 450 new jobs. At $1.6 million, those better be some GREAT jobs!

  • JRP

    That truck needed a redesign the day it debuted.

  • Benjamin B.

    The panel gaps on the hood (front trunk) are bothering me. Also those wheels are obviously not production wheels. They look so small. The cab looks like a Ram or GMC /Chevy Extended Cab. Way too small to compete with Ford’s SuperCrew or Ram’s crewcab trucks.

  • Enter Ranting

    Rivian says “hi.”

  • SteersUright

    Compared the awesomely futuristic Rivian, Im sorry to say, this looks like trash.

  • bd0007

    Eh, the Orange Doofus likely got the info. from GM and being the bloviator that he is, couldn’t keep his mouth/fingers shut.

    This is hardly a done deal w/ Workhorse needing a financial backer.

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