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More General Motors Auto Industry Jobs Could Be Coming To Moraine

General Motors operates DMAX, a diesel engine maker, in partnership with auto company Isuzu.
General Motors operates a diesel engine plant in Moraine called DMAX in partnership with auto company Isuzu. It currently employs around 800 people.

Moraine officials say they’re seeking more information about the news some General Motors jobs may be coming to the city.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced these and hundreds of other new auto industry jobs as part of a new $700 million investment at GM’s Moraine, Parma and Toledo facilities.

And Moraine city officials say they’re hoping for more specifics about what to expect under the deal.

General Motors operates a diesel engine plant in Moraine called DMAX in partnership with auto company Isuzu. It currently employs around 800 people.

In a statement, Moraine officials say they look forward to supporting “the undetermined investment” at DMAX.

"Moraine is fortunate to have a stalwart like DMAX in our community and we look forward to supporting the undetermined investment that will be designated to DMAX’ operations as part of today’s overall GM Ohio investment.  It speaks volumes to the Duramax Diesel engine and their talented team of employees.  We are proud to have them call Moraine home," Moraine's written statement reads. 

GM says it would expand diesel engine production for GM’s heavy-duty pickups, which go on sale later this year.

In a phone interview, Aaron Vietor with the city says officials have not yet heard how many jobs could be coming to Moraine or when.

“The feeling around the office was, more positive news, alright, this is great. The whole thing caught us kind of off by surprise, you know what I mean? All of sudden getting blown up by a tweet and that’s all we have," he says. "I mean, we’ve talked to no one.”

Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed to Ohio statehouse reportersGM’s investment could create more than 450 new jobs across Ohio.

The deal awaiting approval from the United Auto Workers union also includes plans for GM to sell its recently shuttered Lordstown plant to a Cincinnati-based electric truck maker called Workhorse.

A federal lawsuit filed by the UAW over the closing of Lordstown’s closing is still pending. Calls to General Motors’ DMAX plant weren’t immediately returned.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.
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