Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says General Motors’ CEO told him that it would be “too expensive” to retool its GM Lordstown Complex in order to build its new Chevy Blazers there.
Brown said he had a conversation with CEO Mary Barra about a month ago. He said they discussed GM’s decision to reduce shifts at Lordstown at a time when the automaker was planning to build a plant in Mexico to build Chevy Blazers.
Brown said when asking Barra why GM won’t use tax reform savings to retool Lordstown, he said Barra told him that it would be too expensive.
He added that Barra refused to ensure the future of the Lordstown plant.
General Motors said the conversation with Brown was a private one, and it never comments on conversations with political leaders.
Brown said he also discussed GM Lordstown’s situation with President Donald Trump over the weekend, pressing the president for help. He said Trump wasn’t aware of what was happening.