Pence to Visit Lordstown Motors for Endurance Launch

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Vice President Mike Pence will attend Lordstown Motors Corp.’s launch event Thursday for its Endurance electric pickup truck.

Pence’s office issued a statement Monday that Pence would travel to Ohio, where he will tour the former General Motors Corp. plant before for the reveal event, where he will deliver remarks.

Following the launch event, the vice president will participate in an event with law enforcement and community leaders, then return to Washington, D.C. in the evening.

In July 2019, Pence reported a group affiliated with Workhorse Group Inc. had raised enough capital to move forward with its plans to purchase the idled GM Lordstown plant, which ceased production of the Chevrolet Cruze that March.

President Donald Trump had angrily denounced GM after the plant’s closing and urged the automaker to sell it to another user. At times, he singled out GM CEO Mary Barra and David Green, former United Auto Workers Local president Dave Green, for criticism.

According to an advisory from Lordstown Motors, the launch event which had been scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. will now take place at noon. A press availability with Gov. Mike DeWine will now take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

All attendees of the event will be required to complete a COVID-19 release prior to entering the event, temperature checks will take place at the entrance and guests will be required to sit in seats that are socially distanced.

Guests will be provided face masks, and Lordstown Motors will highly recommend staff and guests wear face masks, but that won’t be a requirement for attendance.

Pictured at top: Vice President Mike Pence waves to the crowd during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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