GM's Mary Barra vows 'open mind,' makes no promises on plant closings

GM's Mary Barra vows 'open mind,' makes no promises on plant closings

Still, it's way better than being one of approximately 14,000 GM workers about to be laid off.

Barra also met with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat whose congressional district is home to the Lordstown plant, and planned to meet Maryland lawmakers.

Barra came under pressure from Ohio's two US senators and other lawmakers who want GM to shift production of a vehicle from Mexico or build electric vehicles at the Lordstown Assembly plant in their state that the automaker has said it intends to close. Gary Peters, will meet with Barra on Thursday, Dec. 6.

"I share their concerns about the impact the actions we announced last week will have on our employees, their families and the communities", Barra said in the statement. GM also plans to close its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant that makes the Chevrolet Impala sedan and Volt plug-in hybrid.

Portman said he spoke to fellow Republican Trump on Wednesday about GM. She also said that she is working to place the Lordstown workers at other GM facilities where possible.

She cast the decision to downsize as critical to keep GM competitive.

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Sen. Portman said Barra made no promises about the future of the Lordstown plant in OH, where the soon-to-be-discontinued Chevrolet Cruze sedans are manufactured. Portman said, adding the members are asking for a new product for the plant to build.

On the second day of meetings on Capitol Hill, Barra faced a tough session with normally supportive lawmakers from the state where GM is based and has thousands of workers. GM says that since 2009 it has invested $22 billion in USA facilities. "And we're going to fill up those factories, or rip them down and build brand-new ones".

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are urging the GM CEO to reconsider the company's plans to cut 15 percent of its salaried workforce in North America.

The UAW has objected to GM's plan to end production in 2019 at four USA plants, saying it violates commitments made during contract talks in 2015.

Representative Brenda Lawrence, who represents Detroit, said lawmakers were putting GM was on notice about future production decisions, noting the company is making strong profits and got a massive taxpayer bailout a decade ago.

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