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When the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant in March 2019, Bill Janik was there.

"If you saw the sign that said 'the last Cruze,' I made it and I hung it on the car," he said.

Janik worked at the plant for 17 years before it shut down. His wife had been there for 25 years.

Over the course of a few years, GM Lordstown went from employing 4,500 people to essentially none.

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General Motors will have to return 28 million dollars in state tax credits after closing the Lordstown plant last year. 

Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped away from his startup, which is working on making tractor trailers powered by hydrogen fuel cells, after he was accused of fraudulently exaggerating the viability of some of his company's technology.

Milton, who denies the allegations, says he resigned his position as executive chairman of Nikola's Board of Directors because "the focus should be on the Company ... not me." He said he intends to defend himself against "false accusations."

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The company that purchased the former General Motors plant in Lordstown has announced a merger.  

When the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, went dark last year, it was a familiar story for the region. Yet another manufacturing powerhouse — a pillar of the local economy and a rare source of good jobs — was shutting down.

But the closure of the plant was not the end of the story. The factory was sold to Lordstown Motors, a startup building an electric pickup truck that's scheduled to be unveiled on Thursday.

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State officials are weighing whether to force General Motors to repay 60 million dollars in tax breaks after it closed the Lordstown plant last year. 

Gary Jones, the former president of the United Auto Workers, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, racketeering and tax evasion as part of a larger scandal over union corruption that has shaken trust in the union and exposed it to a possible federal takeover.

Jones admits he conspired to embezzle more than $1 million out of dues paid by union members, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

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Auto giant General Motors will build 30,000 medical ventilators for the national stockpile, at a cost of $489.4 million, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

The Trump administration wants to eliminate a loan program that could help an electric vehicle maker with its plan to reopen the former GM plant in Lordstown. 

In 2008, GM closed its manufacturing plant in Dayton, Ohio, sending the community into a tailspin. Workers who had been unionized at GM struggled to find jobs that paid close to the wages the plant had paid.

"After that GM plant closed, things were so hard for so long," Ohio-based filmmaker Steven Bognar says. "People lost their homes. The jobs you could get were at the Kohl's distribution center or Payless Shoes warehouse distribution center or fast food. People were making $9 an hour."

General Motors has agreed to loan 40 million dollars to a newly formed company that wants to make electric pickup trucks at the Lordstown plant GM shut down earlier this year. 

General Motors and LG Chemical plan to make battery cells for electric-powered vehicles, unveiling a joint venture that they expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The companies say they'll invest up to $2.3 billion in the venture.

The project is centered around Lordstown, Ohio, where GM shuttered a plant last March that had produced the Chevrolet Cruze. The new plant in the Lordstown area will make battery cells for GM's upcoming all-electric vehicles, from a Cadillac sedan to a new electric truck that's slated for release in late 2021.

General Motors officials will be in Brookville today to make an announcement about a new factory.  

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President Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the heart of a revived U.S. economy. 

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Some 40 days after United Automobile Workers walked off the job, picketing General Motors plants and grinding operations to a halt, the labor union's members have ratified the tentative deal their representatives struck with the automaker earlier this month. The UAW announced the deal's approval after voting ended Friday.

Employees will return to work as instructed by GM.

The contract was approved by 57.2%.

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The tentative four year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an 11 thousand dollars signing bonus. 

General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike that began one month ago, the labor union announced Wednesday. The UAW GM National Council will vote on the deal Thursday.

When the national council reviews the deal's terms, it will also decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or whether they should go back to work before the full membership ratifies the agreement.

A pair of auto plants in Ohio plan on stopping production beginning next week because of the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors.

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Talks between General Motors and union officials representing tens of thousands of striking autoworkers restarted Monday in hopes of driving both sides to an agreement on issues including workers' wages, health care and profit-sharing.

After several hours, union officials representing nearly 50,000 workers acknowledge negotiations remain in neutral.

General Motors workers made big concessions to help pull the automaker out of its 2009 bankruptcy. Now, the company is making record profits.

But, the Warren Transmission plant in Michigan shut its doors at the tail end of June, and most of the workers have been placed at other plants. It's a ghost factory.

President Trump stepped up his attacks on General Motors today and called on the company to move jobs back to the United States from overseas.

Trump said in a tweet that the automaker's U.S. workforce was now the smallest in Detroit, noting that the company has shed jobs, "despite the saving help given them by the USA."

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General Motors says Vice President Mike Pence was incorrect in saying that a fledgling electric vehicle maker and a new affiliated company have secured funding to buy GM's closed Lordstown plant. 

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A federal judge has denied General Motors' request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the United Auto Workers claiming the company violated the union's contract by not sending workers from its closed Lordstown plant and elsewhere to a plant in Indiana. 

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Members of Ohio's congressional delegation came away with few answers after meeting Wednesday in Washington with the head of General Motors about the future of its shuttered Lordstown assembly plant. 

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It appears the United Auto Workers Union will not sign off on plans to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to Cincinnati-based eletric truck maker Workhorse Group. 

Plans are in the works to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to a company that intends to build electric trucks there.

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General Motors says in a statement last night the future of Lordstown and other plants scheduled to be closed will be resolved between GM and the United Auto Workers Union. 

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General Motors says the Lordstown plant, the first of five North American facilities it plans to close by 2020, will end production of the Chevy Cruze on Wednesday. 

The United Auto Workers has filed a federal lawsuit against General Motors to stop the closing of plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, claiming their collective bargaining agreement forbids the closing or idling of plants. 

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