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DeWine to meet with GM CEO in Detroit today

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DETROIT, MI. -

New Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Hustead are visiting the Detroit Auto Show to meet with auto industry executives and to emphasize why Ohio is a great state for business. Included will be a private meeting with General Motors CEO, Mary Barra. 

DeWine said, "Look this is all about jobs. We are going to work together to put together whatever kind of package that they need to put that together but again we have to know exactly what they need."

Mahoning Valley leaders and local United Auto Workers members also traveled to the auto show in order to get updates on the evolving auto industry and how it may affect the Valley.

UAW members and representatives of the Valley had a notable presence on the Chevy showroom floor holding signs that promote the "Drive It Home" campaign. The Chevy showroom floor presented a Chevy Blazer that was built in Mexico. Local UAW member, Crystal Carpenter, expressed her disappointment. 

Carpenter said, "We work hard to produce the best cars. This wouldn’t have been a stretch. This would have been built very well at the Lordstown plant."

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill was at the auto show along with representatives from the Valley's local Chamber of Commerce. They met with General Motor executives and are trying to convince them that production of the next generation vehicles at Lordstown is an investment that makes sense. 

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce President James Dignan said, "We think the Lordstown facility since it’s such a large facility under roof that it’s a perfect facility for doing something that’s maybe a little lower production run but doing more different types of models." 

21 News will be meeting with DeWine tomorrow to find out more about how the meeting with Barra went. 

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