|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Youngstown, Ohio – U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) wants Ohio Governor George Voinovich (R) to commit the state to doing everything possible to secure the future of the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. "As you know, I have your personal commitment that you will do everything possible to keep the Lordstown plant open," noted Traficant in a letter sent today to Voinovich. A copy of the letter was sent to Secretary of State and Governor-elect Robert Taft (R). Traficant's appeal was prompted by inside information Traficant received recently that several communities in Ohio are planning to offer GM incentives to relocate the Lordstown operation.
Traficant informed Voinovich that he is in the process of establishing a local committee to promote the future of the Lordstown plant. The committee will be co-chaired by Youngstown businessman Bruce Zoldan and Traficant. Zoldan is the chief executive officer of the Youngstown-based B.J. Alan Company. Zoldan also is a key advisor to Governor-elect Taft. "I am asking that you work with me and my local committee in providing whatever state assistance is feasible to keep GM at Lordstown," said Traficant in his letter to Governor Voinovich. "I am further asking that you fully commit the state to this important endeavor."
Traficant also sent a letter today to GM CEO John F. Smith requesting a meeting as soon as possible between Smith, other top GM officials and Traficant's committee to discuss the future of the Lordstown plant. Traficant will announce details on the make-up and agenda of the committee next week.2009