Economic Development

Governor, Drive It Home Reps to Attend Detroit Auto Show

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will meet Thursday with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

The new governor and lieutenant governor will go to Detroit Wednesday to attend the North American International Auto Show. While there, they will meet with Barra and other auto industry executives “to emphasize why Ohio is a great state for business, including the automotive industry,” according to a media advisory from the governor’s office.

Likely atop the agenda of Thursday’s meeting between DeWine, Husted and Barra will be GM’s announcement last year that it had not assigned a new product to its Lordstown Complex to replace the Chevrolet Cruze, which is slated to end production in March. Idling the plant will cost approximately 1,600 jobs.

Also headed to Detroit Wednesday will be representatives of Drive It Home Ohio, an advocacy group formed to show local support for the Lordstown plant.

“We’re heading up there and making sure we have a presence,” said Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, which represents some 1,500 workers at the plant and, with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, spearheaded Drive It Home.

Other area leaders headed to the auto show include James Dignan, president and CEO of the Regional Chamber, and Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.