Cleveland Car Dealer Reportedly Tried To Save GM Lordstown Jobs

(Lordstown) - Imagine a proposal under which the now-closed General Motors plant in Lordstown could have stayed open. It would have happened if GM had accepted a proposal from Greater Cleveland car dealer Bernie Moreno to buy thousands of Chevy Cruzes.

According to reports in The Vindicator (Youngstown's daily paper) and the Detroit Free Press, Moreno contacted GM in December, and said he wanted to buy thousans of Cruzes each year for five years, to create a fleet of cars for a worldwide ride-sharing service similar to Uber, with the company owning all the cars.

Moreno won't confirm or deny the story, saying he signed a non-disclosure agreement.

GM would only say that it received proposals from interested parties. "We would consider any that are truly viable business opportunities," said GM spokesman Dan Flores. "To be clear, under the terms of the UAW-GM National Agreement, the ultimate future of the unallocated plants will be resolved between GM and the UAW."

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