So, the President of GM North America was in town today to announce that later this year GM will add a third shift at its Lordstown plant.  The move will add 1,200 new jobs, with a third of those going to former laid off workers at the plant.  It’ll generate $47 million in new payroll, $470k in local income taxes and $1.4 million in state income taxes.

?Adding a third shift to build Cruze is an investment with impact far beyond General Motors. It?s an investment in the long-term value of Lordstown and the prosperity of Ohio,? said Reuss. ?It provides rewarding manufacturing jobs and efficient class-leading new cars for American car buyers.? (From the Youngstown Vindicator)

Here’s the statement from Governor Strickland, explaining how this impacts more than just the Lordstown GM plant:

?I?m proud to celebrate the creation of 1,200 new Ohio jobs and the resilience of the working men and women of the Mahoning Valley.  The chips were down but we never gave up,? Strickland said.  ?That grit and steely determination is why I love this valley and why I believe in Ohio. 

?The economic impact of GM?s investment will benefit the people of this region and communities throughout Ohio: GM?s Defiance Foundry will build engine blocks for the Cruze. GM?s Parma Metal Center will stamp dozens of components for the Cruze. GM?s Toledo Powertrain Center will produce transmissions and numerous suppliers in the Mahoning Valley and across the state will contribute parts for the Cruze,? Strickland said. 

?It?s a great day in Ohio. Because GM is making a little automotive history in Ohio today. And Ohioans are going to be making a new kind of car for years and years to come,? Strickland said.  ?We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with GM and the Lordstown community to keep auto manufacturing strong in Ohio.?

And Congressman Tim Ryan:

“President Obama and Congress made the unpopular but necessary decision to take partial ownership of General Motors and guide it through bankruptcy.  This bold step may have saved manufacturing in the United States from being wiped out,? Ryan said. ?As a result of that leadership, not only were the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio community spared an economic catastrophe, we now stand to reap the benefits of those tough decisions. I commend the workers at the GM Lordstown plant for their leadership and maturity.  Without their skills, talents and positive attitude, this day would have never come.

?I would like to thank Governor Strickland for his constant attention to the Mahoning Valley and the 17th Congressional District.  His input and guidance have been instrumental in not only this project, but in every one of our economic successes over the past few weeks.

?I would also like to commend Senator Sherrod Brown for his powerful voice on behalf of our domestic manufacturing base.  The American auto-industry has no better friend in the Senate.

?It’s clear that our local economic development strategy is working: another 1,100 high-paying jobs in Lordstown, corporate investment of $650 million and 350 permanent jobs at V&M Star, 500 more jobs expected at VXI in downtown Youngstown, a San Francisco technology company bringing up to 100 jobs to the Youngstown Business Incubator in the next two years, and Severstal Steel returning to work in Warren.  I believe that this is the beginning of the Miracle on the Mahoning,? Ryan said.

The Governor’s press release notes this isn’t the only positive news in Ohio’s automotive manufacturing base:

Ohio and GM are continuing to move forward on important investments for our state. Last week Governor Strickland joined GM officials at the Powertrain Plant in Defiance to announce a $59 million investment that will support the production of the next generation fuel efficient Ecotec engine while creating about 80 new jobs.

And, on Feb. 8, the governor announced that the Defiance plant was awarded a $518,232 industry efficiency grant through Ohio’s State Energy Program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The award will help fund new equipment that will save energy, reduce raw material consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and allow the facility to be more competitive by reducing its overall annual costs by $515,013.

A reporter was able to capture this audio recording of John Kasich’s reaction as he rides dropping poll numbers.

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