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This time the focus on our region was about winning

All eyes were on Lordstown last week. Lordstown Motors Corp., that is, as Vice President Mike Pence traveled here during Thursday’s unveiling of the Valley’s newest locally manufactured vehicle, the Endurance, an all-electric pickup truck set to be built in the former General Motors assembly plant shuttered little more than a year ago.

GM’s decision at that time to halt production of the Chevy Cruze and close its massive assembly and stamping plant here brought the nation’s attention to Lordstown then, too.

Story after story was reported nationwide about the latest gut-punch to our Valley, a region that once flourished with steel production, but that had faced significant economic struggles since the loss of the steel industry and tens of thousands of jobs.

Now, however, the Valley is facing a resurgence that will include development and production of the Endurance, an exciting new vehicle that Charged EV Magazine this month featured as its cover story. The magazine’s centerfold headline read: “Will Ohio’s Voltage Valley energize a new era for the US auto industry?” And the story’s lead said this: “Big things are happening in the Mahoning Valley of northeastern Ohio.”

Indeed, and the Endurance is a big part of it.

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