Lordstown Motors hires former Tesla director
The founder of Lordstown Motors Corp. is already putting together a team for his company that hopes to bring the idled GM Lordstown plant back to life.
The company's founder, Steve Burns, has hired Tesla's former director of manufacturing operations, Rich Schmidt.
Schmidt worked at the electric vehicle company for over three years, according to Tesla.
Burns formed the company with the intention to purchase the Lordstown plant. He also told 21 News back in August that he wants his company's world headquarters to be based in the Mahoning Valley.
Burns has previously said he wants to build an electric truck at the plant, and he told The Detriot News that his team is preparing to make an electric truck called the Endurance, which will be for commercial customers. He told the newspaper the truck gets 250 miles on a charge.
Burns also served as the former CEO of a Cincinnati-based electric vehicle company called Workhorse.
The fate the Lordstown plant remains on hold, however, as the United Auto Workers union and General Motors work on a contract agreement.
The UAW strike against GM is now in its 23rd day with no end in sight.
In a letter to workers on Tuesday, the UAW's vice president and director said they are still concerned about the issue of job security.
"Economic gains in this agreement will mean nothing without job security. Collectively, we are fighting for a middle-class way of life," Terry Dittes wrote.
According to Dittes, the lack of commitment by General Motors to UAW-GM locations has weighed heavily on contract negotiators.
"We have openly told GM that we do not see a solid commitment to this talented and skilled workforce that has made them billions of dollars in profits. We have made it clear that there is no job security for us when GM products are made in other countries for the purpose of selling them here in the U.S.A.," Dittes said.
Dittes added they will continue to negotiate to reach a tentative agreement.