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Governor DeWine discusses private meeting with GM CEO Mary Barra

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AKRON, Ohio -

On his 4th day as Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine met privately with the CEO of General Motors. 

One of his first stops immediately following that 8 a.m. meeting in Detroit was at an event in Akron. The governor told the crowd he encouraged GM's CEO, Mary Barra, to put in another line at the Lordstown plant when production of the Chevy Cruise is idled in March.

"I don't have a magic wand to wave to make things change, but what I do have is the ability to put the full force of the state government behind our effort," said DeWine.

Just the day before, the Governor spent the afternoon in Detroit touring the auto show, but the focus of the visit was on meeting privately with industry executives.

21 News was told the meeting with Ford's CEO lasted less than 30 minutes, while the meeting with GM's CEO lasted 50 minutes.

DeWine says it's all about building relationships.

"Look this is a great facility, we have great workers in the Mahoning Valley, we don't want this to be sitting idle very long," said DeWine.

The governor told reporters, Barra did not rule out placing a new product at the plant, but she also did not give any indication that they would. 

"I also said if that's not going to happen; if they're not going to do that, we are there to help facilitate getting another company in," said DeWine. "We will work. Jobs Ohio, the DeWine administration, we will work to make sure that package is very inducive to that company coming in."

Whatever the future of the plant holds the governor says he wants to be among the first to know.
 

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