LORDSTOWN – Local business and community leaders, U.S. elected officials and more will kick off the “Drive It Home” coalition campaign to urge General Motors to support growing their investment at its GM Lordstown Complex at a special press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, at the UAW 1112 Union Hall, 11471 Reuther Dr. SW, Warren, 44481.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson, as well as Village of Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber President & CEO James Dignan and UAW 1112 President Dave Green are slated to speak at the kickoff event.
Nearly two decades ago, the Chamber worked with GM Lordstown's management team and UAW Locals 1714 and 1112 to rally the entire community to support the jointly created “Bring It Home” campaign. The effort was designed to demonstrate to top GM officials the Mahoning Valley’s willingness to accomplish whatever necessary to ensure the facility was seen as an asset on the company’s balance sheet.
With the elimination of two shifts at the Lordstown Complex over the past year-and-a-half, the Youngstown-Warren region and State of Ohio must again rally their support and encourage and assist GM’s leadership in reutilizing those shifts and the physical assets the plant offers.