Immediately following the US President Donald Trump ripped about the General Motors’ recent layoffs in Ohio, the automobile giant announced a $300 million investment to develop a new electric vehicles, and a promise to create as many as 400 new jobs in Detroit.
In past six months, General Motors had closed down their five of their small-car manufacturing unites in the United States, as a part of their 15% workforce cut down worldwide. The shutdown included the latest layoff of the unit in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland – totalling to slash down of 14,000 employees in the states. This had drew US President’s wrath on the General Motors in form of a series of bitter tweets condemning the layoffs, as well as demanding the GM to reopen its plants.
Following the criticism, CEO Mary Barra-led General Motors administration made an announcement on Friday that the company will be making an investment of $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. The company mentioned that the new investment will add 400 new jobs – but nothing about when the workers will start; or whether they will hire new employees or from the pool of those who were laid off. Nor has there been any word on when the work for building the new vehicle will start – but the details are expected to be released soon.
GM also plans to make a total investment of bigger $1.8 billion investment in the United States in this year – a plan that includes some infrastructural upgrades, as well as building 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023. Shrugging off the criticisms by Trump – David Green, president of UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown said that they “welcome the attention on his beloved hometown and the factory that has been at the heart of it for years”.