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    Lordstown to Make Trucks

    General Motors said it’s investing $700 million and creating about 450 new manufacturing jobs in Ohio as it negotiates the sale of its Lorsdtown, Ohio, factory to electric truckmaker Workhorse Group.
    “The U.S. economy and our core business are strong, so we can expand our commitment to U.S. manufacturing and Ohio and create job opportunities for our employees,” said GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement Wednesday. “We also expect to bring more jobs to the U.S. over time in support of the expected provisions of the USMCA.”


    President Donald Trump preempted the automaker’s announcement over Twitter. He thanked Barra for selling the plant to Workhorse and reinvesting money in other facilities in Ohio. GM said it’s in “discussions” with Workhorse, but didn’t confirm that it’s come to a final agreement.
    “GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
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    Workhorse has had F150 (body only) based mules driving around for several months now. Their pickups and SUV have estimated ranges up to 400 miles on a charge. Assuming this sale goes through it will be interesting to see if it becomes a UAW shop or not. New company, new rules.

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    Is this the same Workhorse that makes really great RV chassis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergoer View Post
    Is this the same Workhorse that makes really great RV chassis?
    I think so. They've been around for a while making chassis. EV trucks are a new venture for them.
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    Great to see job creation that could potentially transfer to the people that lost their jobs at Lordstown. However, the UAW workers will probably expect too much compensation.
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    This is the same name and location as the Workhorse that USED to make RV chassis.

    Workhorse was originally formed in 98 or 99 by some money type folks to take over production of GMs P30/32 stepvan/commercial chassis.
    Somewhere around 2005. Navistar bought them, kept the name and kept making trucks. Somewhere between 2009-12 Workhorse started hemorrhaging money and Navistar wanted out. In 2013 or so Navistar sold the name, the P30/P32 and newer W series chassis, and the gasoline chassis plant to AMP Electric Vehicles.
    AMP EV had been converting regular gasoline passenger vehicles into EVs for consumers(Jeeps, MB, Solstice/Sky, you name it)
    AMP changed their name to Workhorse Group and stopped building conversions and kits and started electrifying MD trucks.

    The W15 pickup prototype they've got rolling around for press pics and such is largely based on K2X Silverado with a bunch of custom interior stuff, a new front end and revised bed/lighting.

    Workhorse isn't particularly healthy and a plant that made fwd 4cylinder cars isn't the best starting point for their product (that isn't ready yet) I don't see it going through...And if it does, It would blow my mind if ended up being a functioning, tax paying, employer of any real scale, long term.
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    Back around the early 2000’s that Workhorse RV chassis was a pretty awesome improvement over the P30.

    Hopefully this new venture can recapture those days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma v e n View Post
    This is the same name and location as the Workhorse that USED to make RV chassis.

    Workhorse was originally formed in 98 or 99 by some money type folks to take over production of GMs P30/32 stepvan/commercial chassis.
    Somewhere around 2005. Navistar bought them, kept the name and kept making trucks. Somewhere between 2009-12 Workhorse started hemorrhaging money and Navistar wanted out. In 2013 or so Navistar sold the name, the P30/P32 and newer W series chassis, and the gasoline chassis plant to AMP Electric Vehicles.
    AMP EV had been converting regular gasoline passenger vehicles into EVs for consumers(Jeeps, MB, Solstice/Sky, you name it)
    AMP changed their name to Workhorse Group and stopped building conversions and kits and started electrifying MD trucks.

    The W15 pickup prototype they've got rolling around for press pics and such is largely based on K2X Silverado with a bunch of custom interior stuff, a new front end and revised bed/lighting.

    Workhorse isn't particularly healthy and a plant that made fwd 4cylinder cars isn't the best starting point for their product (that isn't ready yet) I don't see it going through...And if it does, It would blow my mind if ended up being a functioning, tax paying, employer of any real scale, long term.
    The plant will have to be completely retooled to produce trucks, ICE or EV. GM's actually in talks with a third party who will be doing the manufacturing for Workhorse.
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    I'm curious about the part with GM spending $700M. That's leaving me scratching my head.

    And, it's going to take some major money to change that plant to trucks. Maybe not quite as much as starting from scratch, but I have to wonder how much of what's in there they can re-use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyGuy View Post
    I'm curious about the part with GM spending $700M. That's leaving me scratching my head.

    And, it's going to take some major money to change that plant to trucks. Maybe not quite as much as starting from scratch, but I have to wonder how much of what's in there they can re-use.
    The $700 million is at three other plants in Ohio, not Lordstown.

    I suspect the sheet metal and paint shops can be pretty much reused as is, but the assembly line itself will have to be completely redone to handle vehicles that are both wider and taller than the Cruze. There is a lot of space inside the main assembly area and the last time I was in there only about two thirds of the floor space was being used by the assembly line.
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