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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

'Hallelujah moment': Poletown, Ohio plants could drive GM's future

September 18, 2019
In The News

Two communities seemingly left behind by General Motors Co. could lead the Detroit automaker into its electric future. GM wants to build electric pickup trucks in the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, which has been on life support since the automaker named it as one of four U.S. plants that would be idled. And, GM told United Auto Workers negotiators, the company wants to open its first battery-cell manufacturing facility in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, said new product at Detroit-Hamtramck would be a "hallelujah moment" for the community, the companies and the union. But she questioned why the proposal to save the plant is only coming now.