Michigan Congressmen plan to scold GM, hope to save Hamtramck plant

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DETROIT (WJRT) (12/4/2018) - Rep. Tim Walberg said the entire Michigan congressional delegation has been invited to meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday.

Walberg is displeased with the way GM announced it would layoff more than 14,000 workers and close up to five plants, including two in the Detroit area.

"They [GM] didn't handle this well. They're going to hear that," he said. "Mary is going to hear that from me and I'm sure my colleagues."

GM announced restructuring plans last week to cease production of several sedan models and shift resources toward more profitable trucks, SUVs and crossovers. The company also plans to augment advanced vehicle technology.

The restructuring involves closing plants in Hamtramck, Warren, Baltimore, Ontario and Lordstown, Ohio in 2019. Michigan lawmakers are hoping to press Barra to keep the Hamtramck plant open.

"We're going to talk about what it would take to keep the Hamtramck facility open, and put new product there," Walberg said.

Gray TV Washington Bureau reporter David Ade contributed to this report.