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Former Workhorse CEO: Valley would be world headquarters for Lordstown Motor Corporation

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The man who wants to purchase the General Motors Lordstown plant to manufacture electric trucks says he wants his company's world headquarters to be based in the Mahoning Valley. 

Steve Burns, former Workhorse CEO who has formed the Lordstown Motor Company with the intention of purchasing the GM plant, attended a meeting with local stakeholders Friday morning on the campus of Youngstown State University. 

Speaking exclusively to 21 News reporter Glenn Stevens, Burns said he wants to do more than just locate an assembly line in Lordstown. 

"This is going to be our headquarters. We've called the company Lordstown Motor Corporation for a reason. It's not just a plant to us; it's going to be our headquarters. So engineering, sales, marketing, service, all of the things that go with a car company, we want to headquarter there," Burns said. 

Burns said the plans are still in the works, and nothing is final yet, but said if the project moves forward, jobs would be added as the operation expands. 

He said he wants to work with the United Auto Workers and use union labor. 

Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel hosted the meeting, which was attended by about two dozen people, including representatives from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and State Senators Sean O'Brien and Mike Rulli. 

Burns is in negotiations with General Motors to use the Lordstown plant to manufacture a version of the W-15 electric pickup truck, which was developed by Workhorse, an Ohio based company where burns was formerly the CEO.

O'Brien says the purpose of Friday's meeting was to discuss possible partnerships that would be mutually beneficial to YSU and LMC.

One example could be how additive manufacturing, also known as 3D manufacturing, could play a part in LMC's plans, said O'Brien who added that he wants to see not only what this area could offer LMC, but what LMC could offer this area.

O'Brien and fellow state Senator Mike Rulli met with Workhorse officials in Cincinnati last week.

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