'I'm Down-Hearted': Mayor of OH Town Where GM Shuttering Plant Reacts to News
Chevy Cruze, Impala discontinued. Plants also closing in Md., Mich., Ont.
The mayor of one town where General Motors CEO Mary Barra said her company would shutter production expressed his disappointment on "The Daily Briefing" Tuesday.
Barra said plants in Lordstown, Ohio, Hamtramck, Mich., Baltimore, Md., and the Canadian city of Oshawa, Ont. would cease production in 2019 with the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, Chevy Impala and other models.
Market watchers said the smaller sized cars are becoming less popular in the age of "crossover" vehicles and lower gasoline prices.
President Trump responded by threatening to cut subsidies to GM.
Arno Hill, Lordstown's mayor, joined Dana Perino, and said he was "down-hearted" to hear the news.
He said he thought the cars made in Lordstown were the "best product" but that the market said otherwise.
"We are holding out hope that we are just ceasing production and not permanently shuttering the plant," Hill said.
14,000 people reportedly work at the Lordstown plant.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said the move was "pure economics" but that "we have to take care of the workers" -- calling it a "sad day."
Hill said he still supports Trump and is talking with union representatives about how to keep the plant "viable" for possible future production to return.
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