Lordstown Motors Refutes Report of Layoffs at Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Lordstown Motors Corp. said Sunday that it is not in the process of laying off workers, contrary to what a source told The Business Journal on Friday.

Lordstown Motors spokesperson Ryan Hallet said that while there were several positions terminated after the resignations of Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns and Chief Financial Officer Julio Rodriguez June 13, there have been no additional layoffs at the plant.

“We are actually continuing to bring jobs to the Mahoning Valley rather than eliminate,” Hallet said in an email to The Business Journal. “We are hiring on an ongoing basis,” he said. “It makes no sense that we would be laying people off.”

On Friday, the Business Journal quoted a source who said that “dozens” of managers had been let go at the plant, while more were placed on layoff following “Lordstown Motors Week,” June 25.

The Business Journal also quoted a source that wished to remain on background refuting those statements, insisting that there were no layoffs at the plant other than the “handful” of employees that had left in mid-June.

The Business Journal did contact spokesman Hallet on Friday, who at the time could not confirm whether there were additional layoffs at the plant.

The initial version of the story said that a spokesperson could not be reached. That was inaccurate and we regret the error.

Lordstown Motors employs about 600 at the former General Motors Assembly plant in Lordstown, an engineering office in Michigan and a tech office in California.

The plant is revving up to begin production of the Endurance, the first all-electric pickup truck. It is expected to launch production of the vehicle in late September.

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