Ohio senators to meet with GM chief over plant closing

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FILE – In this Tuesday, June 15, 2010, file photo, workers at General Motors’ Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio put the final touches on Chevy Cobalts. Falling demand for cars is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January 2017. […]

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say they’ll meet with the head of General Motors this week to discuss what can be done to stop its northeastern Ohio assembly plant from closing.

GM announced last week it will stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown plant by March and that it’s considering closing the plant for good. It’s part of a massive restructuring for the automaker.

Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown say they’ll meet with GM chief executive Mary Barra on Wednesday in Washington.

Both senators say they’ve given the company proposals and want Detroit-based GM to work with them to save the plant near Youngstown.

GM has about 1,500 people at its Lordstown operation. It has eliminated two shifts and 3,000 employees there since the beginning of 2017.

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