President Obama to Talk Jobs in Youngstown Area

President Obama will speak just outside Youngstown today at GM’s Lordstown plant, kicking off the a presidential tour of the Midwest on jobs and the economy, according to The Detroit News.

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The plant  has been through a series of ups and downs in the past year.

From The Detroit News: Thirteen months ago, then-CEO Rick Wagoner and dignitaries attended a splashy event in the plant to announce a third shift and $350 million investment in the plant to build the new Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which is expected to launch next year and get 40 miles per gallon.

A month later, the auto industry and financial markets collapsed. By January, Lordstown had lost two shifts, and about 2,800 workers were laid off.

GM said last month that a second shift is being called back to work at Lordstown because of increased demand for the Chevrolet Cobalt, which was a big seller during the $3 billion “cash for clunkers” program, and to prepare for production of a new more fuel efficient compact model next year. The workers being recalled include 1,000 hourly workers and 50 salaried.

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson is also expected for the speech.

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One response to “President Obama to Talk Jobs in Youngstown Area

  1. schmange

    Here’s a PD article on the speech. http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2009/09/obama_defends_aid_to_automaker.html

    I lived in Youngstown during the 2008 presidential campaign and sometimes we’d have two or three candidates visit in the same week. But everyone always said, once the campaign was over, we wouldn’t hear from the politicians again for four years.

    I love that Obama came to Youngstown and spent time talking with auto workers. One of them made a policy suggestion about tariffs. Love it.

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