GM gets tax break for new Lordstown plant next to factory it closed

GM gets tax break for new Lordstown plant next to factory it closed
Associated PressPublished 5:17 p.m. ET Feb. 19, 2020

Lordstown, Ohio – General Motors Co. will receive a tax break to build a new electric battery cell factory in Ohio next to the site of a much larger assembly plant it shut down last year.

Village leaders in Lordstown approved a 75% tax abatement that will extend over 15 years and allow the company to move forward with the plant.

“What we had to get done and needed to get done for General Motors, we did,” Mayor Arno Hill said after the vote Tuesday.

A battery is lifted into the chassis of a Chevrolet Bolt EV at GM’s assembly plant in Lake Orion. The automaker will get a tax break to build a new battery cell factory in Lordstown, Ohio, next to the site of a much larger assembly plant it shut down last year.Buy Photo
A battery is lifted into the chassis of a Chevrolet Bolt EV at GM’s assembly plant in Lake Orion. The automaker will get a tax break to build a new battery cell factory in Lordstown, Ohio, next to the site of a much larger assembly plant it shut down last year. (Photo: David Guralnick, The Detroit News, David Guralnick, The Detroit New)

GM and Korea’s LG Chem announced in December that they had formed a joint venture to work together on battery technology and build the new plant near Youngstown. GM has said it will be among the largest battery factories in the world.

GM stopped making cars at its Lordstown assembly plant last March after more than 50 years of production. It later sold the factory to a newly formed company that wants to make electric pickup trucks.

The battery plant was announced last fall during contract talks with the United Auto Workers union, but it won’t make up for the lost jobs at the small-car plant. The joint venture also likely will pay less than what GM pays unionized assembly plant workers.

The battery plant will create about 1,100 jobs, while GM employed 4,500 workers at the assembly plant when it was running three shifts until about three years ago.

Most of those employees at the assembly plant either retired or transferred to other GM factories.

The village of Lordstown is seeking more than its typical share of income tax from the new plant by asking for the school’s income tax, which is about $225,000 annually, the Warren Tribune Chronicle reported.

Hill said that the village needs the money because of the loss of GM’s car plant and income tax and that the school district could receive about $600,000 in property taxes once the plant is built.

The Lordstown school board has not decided whether to give up its income tax from the GM battery plant.

Bargaining Committee

Chairman
Mike Herron
President
Darrell Dejean
Zone at Large – 1st
Danny Taylor
Zone at Large – 2nd

Committeepersons
Joe McClure

Derek Lewis
Bill Cundiff
Dedrick Wells
Chris Potts

Danny Bragg
Daniel Wray
Dominic Perez
Chris Brown

1853 Officers

President
Darrell DeJean
Chairman
Mike Herron
Vice President

Financial Secretary
Mark Wunderlin
Recording Secretary

Trustee (3)
Jay Lowe
Dave Clements
Dave Spare
Sgt. at Arms
David C Spare
Guide
Ashley Holloway
E-Board at Large (2)
David Ryder

GM Unit Chair
Mike Herron
Leadec Unit Chair
Larry Poole
Ryder Unit Chair
Patrick Linck
AFV Unit Chair

Retiree Chair
Mike Martinez