GM's Barra meets with MI lawmakers about factory closings

"I think we've had really really productive discussions, and I think they have a better understanding of what we are doing and why, and how we are making sure that we are supporting the displaced workers, especially in the plants that are impacted", Barra said after the meeting. "These were very hard decisions - decisions I take very personally", she added. She also noted GM is launching a number of new vehicles in MI next year. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

"We will be forever grateful for the assistance that the USA government provided General Motors and we're trying to make sure we're good corporate citizens and continue to provide jobs and provide vehicles and transportation that customers want in this country", Barra said.

Lawmakers were angered by the lack of notice before GM's job cut announcement last week and wanted assurances that GM would not be closing additional USA plants.

Asked about Trump's comments, Barra did not directly answer but said she understood the strong reaction in Washington.

"I share their concerns about the impact the actions we announced last week will have on our employees, their families and the communities", Barra said in the statement. Others have pointed out that the U.S. plants are being eliminated after GM has expanded in Mexico, less than a decade after American taxpayers bailed out the bankrupt 'old GM'.

Barra said the decision to build the Blazer in Mexico, which was announced in June, "was made many years ago". She also said that she is working to place the Lordstown workers at other GM facilities where possible.

She cast the decision to downsize as critical to keep GM competitive.

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Barra met on Wednesday with Ohio's Congressional delegation about the planned closure of the sprawling Lordstown Assembly plant, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

"He said he'd make sure that they never closed a plant".

"We're not asking for charity". We're laser focused at this point on getting a new product in these plants.

On the second day of meetings on Capitol Hill, Barra faced a tough session with normally supportive lawmakers from the state where GM is based and has thousands of workers.

MI lawmakers, including Democratic Sen.

GM's announcement has frustrated lawmakers of both parties, and produced outraged outbursts and demands from President Donald Trump. Obviously, we're working with General Motors, but should General Motors choose to sell those facilities or do something with them with someone like Elon Musk, that would obviously be a great opportunity for our community. Salaried workers will receive outplacement assistance "to help them transition to new jobs".

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