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Kasich Says JobsOhio Could Not Have Prevented End Of Production At GM's Lordstown Plant

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor John Kasich is sounding like all is not lost even if the Lordstown plant closes. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler explans. 

Kasich says he’s talked to GM about how the Lordstown-made Chevy Cruze wasn’t very profitable.

“I had a sense that there wasn’t this kind of a decision coming at this point.”

But in the end, he says there isn’t much the state can do.

“This is pure economics. This is what a free enterprise system is. And we have to take care of the workers, but this is very painful. I mean, Lordstown has been a critical part of that whole region up there and it’s a sad day.”

And as for whether his job creating entity JobsOhio could have stopped this shutdown…

“JobsOhio can’t tell a board of a company or a CEO of a company how to run their business.”

Kasich says he’ll be talking to GM CEO Mary Barra about moving another vehicle production line into that facility or whether it can repositioned, perhaps with a parts manufacturer.


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