CINCINNATI, OH — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the announcement by General Motors that it will cut a shift at the Lordstown plant:

“This is bad news for the Lordstown plant and the great workforce I’ve had the chance to meet during my visits there. I’ve seen firsthand the world-class cars these workers produce, and if there is not a strong market for the Chevy Cruze right now, I want to be sure General Motors looks to this plant for production of other vehicles. I called senior executives at General Motors today to express this, and I will continue to do what I can to help bring new work to the plant. We will also do everything we can to help workers who are laid off with the appropriate resources during this transition. GM has a great resource in this plant and these workers, and I hope the company will reinvest in the plant and in the workforce.”