Ohio lawmakers hopeful for GM investment in Moraine

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MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio legislators and the Governor are weighing in after GM announces that 450 jobs are coming to three manufacturing plants in Ohio, including Moraine.

It is not known yet how those jobs will be divided across the state, but it is confirmed that the local DMAX engine plant will see some expansion.

DMAX will expand their diesel engine production for GM trucks and SUVs going on sale later in 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of GM’s Lordstown plant closing, and while Governor DeWine says they would like to see them reinvest there, too, he is excited to see what this could mean for the Miami Valley.

DeWine believes the announcement shows GM’s commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. and he is trying to make the best of the situation despite all of the unanswered questions.

“We have certainly seen some progress in Moraine, the community has moved on, we’ve had new investments coming in. What we hope is that that’s also going to occur in Lordstown and the Mahoning Valley,” he said.

State Representative Niraj Antani says he was excited to see President Trump’s announcement of the investment, adding he was personally contacted by GM shortly after. He says he knows the history of GM closing their Moraine plant a decade ago still haunts many Miami Valley residents, but this is the second investment at the DMAX plant and is hopeful for the new jobs.

He adds, “The DMAX plant is a truck engine plant, so it is not an assembly plant like the Moraine GM plant was. I think it will continue to be strong, especially as we see the trucking industry continue to grow.”

Senator Sherrod Brown says GM does have a history of getting large tax breaks and opening up plants overseas, but he is glad to see them invest in the talent found across Ohio.

“If they’re putting $700 million in these three locations, it likely means that they have long-term plans here,” he says.

Governor DeWine says that even on the phone, GM’s CEO did not say how many jobs would come to the Moraine location or specify the total investment, but a GM spokesperson did tell 2 NEWS that most of the 450 jobs will head to the Toledo transmission plant.

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