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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Lordstown Motors will seek loan worth $200M

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. would ask for $200 million from a federal loan program that helps automakers develop more efficient vehicles to ready its Lordstown assembly plant to produce electric pickup trucks. Congressman Tim Ryan, who’s leading a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators and representatives from Ohio urging the U.S. Department of Energy to approve Lordstown Motors’ application when ...

Permit application hearing set

LORDSTOWN — A meeting is set for the public to comment on an environmental permit General Motors is seeking for a planned battery-cell manufacturing plant. The water quality certification permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is among critical hurdles the automaker and its joint venture partner, South Korea’s LG Chem, must clear to build the $2.3 billion facility. Part of the Ohio EPA’s ...

Lawmakers back loan application

LORDSTOWN — An Ohio delegation of U.S. senators and representatives support a federal loan for Lordstown Motors Corp. to help it repurpose the former General Motors Lordstown plant to produce electric pickup trucks. The group of 10 lawmakers is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to approve the startup automaker’s application for a loan through the agency’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing ...

Hearing set in Delphi case

To read letter click here WARREN — Oral arguments are scheduled for next week in Cincinnati in the federal appeals case involving Delphi salaried retirees trying to regain their full pensions. Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, meanwhile, has appealed to President Donald Trump to intervene in the 11-year fight by retirees with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation over the retirement lost in the fallout of ...

Application gives details on battery cell plant site

LORDSTOWN — General Motors picked a 158-acre site in Lordstown for a new battery-cell manufacturing plant because developing it would be less environmentally damaging to wetlands and bats than another location evaluated as a finalist. GM’s familiarity with the property, its existing rail line and work already done by the seller — demonstrating that construction of the plant is doable — also played big ...

GM selects battery plant site

A fact sheet from GM about the new battery plant can be found here. Read about the proposed abatement project here LORDSTOWN — General Motors has signed a purchase agreement for 158 acres adjacent to its former assembly plant for a $2.3 billion battery-cell manufacturing facility the automaker wants to build with South Korea’s LG Chem. First reported on The Vindicator’s website, the deal announced ...

Procurement events set

LORDSTOWN — As Lordstown Motors Corp. continues to ready itself and its assembly plant to produce the battery-powered Endurance pickup truck, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is partnering with the electric vehicle company to link it to factory and automotive suppliers. Two procurement meetings are scheduled for Jan. 29 and Feb. 4 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. At the events, Lordstown Motors ...

Vehicle sales in Valley rev up

YOUNGSTOWN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame slow November sales to end 2019 with robust numbers in December, and they also capped the year 5.3 percent ahead of 2018. Local dealerships last month sold 4,622 vehicles to buyers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, up about 11 percent from the 4,153 vehicles sold in December 2018. Dealers finished the year with 58,863 vehicles sold, ...

Training program aids firms to upskill workers

YOUNGSTOWN — Kyle Kiraly sees the need for higher-skilled workers at his family-owned Kiraly Tool and Die, Inc. on the city’s North Side to keep pace with advancing technology and trends in manufacturing. The company has worked with Trumbull Career and Technical Center for training and is heavily involved in apprenticeship programs to fill the void of in-demand skills, so when another outlet presented ...

Nominees sought for Athena Award

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2020 ATHENA Award program, which recognizes women who strive toward the highest levels of professional and civic achievement. The event — co-sponsored for the 26th time this year by The Vindicator — has honored nearly 1,000 women in the last 27 years and is recognized as one of the largest in the U.S. Nominations are ...