Bevins writes to Gov. Ho­gan re­gard­ing clo­sure of GM White Marsh plant

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

On De­cem­ber 3rd, 2018 I sent a let­ter to Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan, County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr and our fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives ask­ing that all lev­els of gov­ern­ment work to­gether to as­sist the work­ers af­fected by Gen­eral Mo­tors de­ci­sion to close the White Marsh Al­li­son Trans­mis­sion Plant and to find a suitable user for the nearly 500,00 square foot state of the art man­u­fac­tur­ing plant.

You can read my let­ter below: Gov­er­nor Ho­gan,

I am writ­ing to you re­quest­ing that you use the power and au­thor­ity of your of­fice and the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch of the State of Mar yland to as­sist the em­ploy­ees af­fected by Gen­eral Mo­tors (GM) de­ci­sion to shut down the White Marsh plant in Bal­ti­more County. I also re­quest that the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce work with the Bal­ti­more County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic and Work­force De­vel­op­ment to find a new and suitable user for the nearly 500,000 square foot plant.

The White Marsh Gen­eral Mo­tors plant was opened in 2000 and up­graded in 2010. The plant was re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing Al­li­son trans­mis­sions for Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks. Lo­cated near In­ter­state 95, this state of the art man­u­fac­tur­ing plant pre­sents a great op­por­tu­nity for a new user in the near fu­ture. The plant is al­ready well suited to han­dle man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­ni­cal skilled work­ers. We must work to­gether at the lo­cal and state level to en­sure that this plant does not lay idle. The Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce’s slo­gan is “Mary­land is Open for Busi­ness”. Let us live up to that slo­gan and work to­wards as­sist­ing these em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies, and find­ing a new user as soon as pos­si­ble.

Thank you in ad­vance for your con­sid­er­a­tion. I would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss this with you or Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Mike Gill. I be­lieve if we work to­gether we can find a so­lu­tion and make the best out of a bad sit­u­a­tion. I look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

-Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins (D-6)

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