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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. 

Ohio lawmakers are proposing a discount on a new all-electric vehicle that will be produced in-state.  

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.

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A new company led by the founder of an upstart electric truck maker is buying the former General Motors plant in Lordstown that shut down last March amid criticism from President Trump. 

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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 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. 

The theme of Governor Mike DeWine’s first State of the State address was building for the future. 

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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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President Trump told governors yesterday that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a remark he’s said before that fact checkers have found to be untrue.

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Ohio is the number two state for vehicle production, behind Michigan. 

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General Motors still plans to close the Lordstown plant after CEO Mary Barra met with Governor Mike DeWine and other state and local officials this week in Detroit.  

The United Auto Workers Union is suing General Motors for allegedly violating a national contract by using temporary workers at a Fort Wayne, Indiana plant instead of employing full-timers laid off from Lordstown and other factories.  

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Ohio's two U.S. Senators met Wednesday in Washington with General Motors chief executive Mary Barra to try and keep the Lordstown plant from closing.

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

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One of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio's manufacturing core is on life support, a little over a year after President Trump told people not to leave and promised jobs would return. 

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General Motors says it plans to cease production of some models at three vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada in 2019. It also plans to cut production at two plants in the U.S. that make transmissions. The company said the moves are part of an effort to cut 15 percent of its workforce.

It's part of a major restructuring that will prioritize the company's electric and autonomous vehicle programs.

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General Motors says it will eliminate second shift production of the Chevy Cruze at the Lordstown plant by the end of June, which could cost as many as 15 hundred workers their jobs. 

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General Motors is extending the normal two-week summer shutdown at factories in Lordstown and Kansas City because of declining demand for the Chevy Cruze and Malibu models.

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Honda is cutting production of the Accord at its Marysville plant, citing a decrease in sales.

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