Trump to GM: Reopen Ohio plant, close one in Mexico or China

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President Donald Trump is calling on General Motors to reopen their recently closed plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

He also said UAW Local 1112 President David Green "let our country down".

The company has noted that over 400 Lordstown employees had accepted offers at other GM locations and that jobs were available at other assembly plants for anyone willing to relocate to other states.

U.S. President Donald Trump is attacking General Motors, the country's biggest automaker, for costing 5,400 factory workers their jobs when it closed a manufacturing plant where it built a compact model auto that Americans were increasingly not interested in buying.

GM responded to the president's statement saying it and the UAW will ultimately decide what happens to the plant. "She blamed the [United Auto Workers] Union - I don't care, I just want it open!" More than 3,300 hourly workers were laid off indefinitely, representing about 7 percent of GM's hourly USA employees. General Motors will also shut down the Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada that now makes the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XT range.

"Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland", Trump wrote in November 2018.

"Get that big, handsome plant in OH open now", Trump said on Twitter early Monday, after sending a series of missives at GM and the UAW over the weekend.

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The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure. Overall, the company said its restructuring plan would result in the elimination of about 14,000 jobs, though it has said some of those workers will be able to transfer to other facilities.

GM says Cruze sales in foreign countries have remained stable, fallen less sharply than in the USA or even increased, as is the case in South America. "Stop complaining and get the job done!" he wrote on Sunday.

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

A small portion of the laid-off workers have found jobs at other GM plants far from the OH plant that was closed.

Annual sales of the Cruze in North America peaked at 273,000 in 2014, but a year ago totaled just 142,000, as Americans are buying fewer passenger cars and instead opting to purchase bigger sport utility vehicles or pickup trucks. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

He also blasted GM for letting down the US and asserted "much better" automakers are coming to the country.

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