Vice President Pence Visiting Lordstown, Ohio, For Electric Pickup Truck Unveiling

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the nation’s economy is rebounding well from the coronavirus pandemic.

Pence says most states are now seeing their cases stabilize or decline.

He says the positive signs are outweighing the rising outbreaks in several southern U.S. states. Those outbreaks are causing some states and companies to pull back their reopening plans as measures indicate the virus is making a comeback.

Pence is in Ohio on Thursday for the unveiling of a new electric pickup truck that will be built by a start-up company near Youngstown. The truck will be made at a former General Motors factory closed last year.

Lordstown Motors Corp. expects to hire hundreds of employees this year to build the truck. GM employed around 4,500 workers at the peak of car production in Lordstown.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan says he welcomes Pence’s visit on Thursday and looks forward to working with the Trump administration to ensure Lordstown Motors’ success.

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine decided against attending the unveiling, saying he and first lady Fran DeWine have been avoiding crowds because of the coronavirus.

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