Friday, 09 August 2019 20:43

Postal Service Decision Could Mean Thousands of Jobs in MI and Ohio

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
The Buick City assembly plant in Flint, MI, is shown Monday, July 23, 2001. The Buick City assembly plant in Flint, MI, is shown Monday, July 23, 2001. Carlos Osorio/Associated Press



Morgan Olson makes walk-in vans and it reportedly has had a longstanding relationship with the USPS. Turkish truckmaker Karsan will provide the hybrid technology and Morgan Olson will build the body, reports say.


Lordstown Labor Pool


In May, GM announced it was in discussions with Workhorse and an affiliated, newly formed entity called Lordstown Motors to sell the company’s Lordstown Complex.


Such a deal would potentially bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant, said GM spokesman Dan Flores, who insisted that a deal is not dependent on Workhorse winning the USPS contract.


"Workhorse has some very innovative technology that Lordstown can capitalize on," said Flores.


Workhorse founder and former CEO Steve Burns has said "several hundred jobs" would be created and the first vehicle planned for production "if we were to purchase the Lordstown complex would be a commercial electric pickup, blending Workhorse’s technology with Lordstown’s manufacturing expertise.”


GM had been reported to be in talks with electric-vehicle startup Rivian, based in Plymouth, MI, to build an electric pickup. But earlier this year, those rumored talks fizzled. Instead, Amazon and Ford agreed to invest in Rivian.


While Workhorse has raised money for research and development and to help it run its core business, Lordstown Motors still needs to raise about $300 million to buy the plant, retool it and launch production, said Burns.


"There is work to be done, but talks are continuing," said Flores. "Our efforts are focused on continuing to move the deal forward and reaching that final agreement."


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