The Lordstown Complex is a General Motors automobile factory in Lordstown, Ohio comprising three facilities: Vehicle Assembly, Metal Center, and Paint Shop. The plant opened in 1966. Lordstown currently builds the global Chevrolet Cruze compact car.
In 2006, as part of GM scaling back production nationwide, the third shift at the Lordstown plant ceased operations. An employee buyout and early retirements eliminated the need for layoffs. In the summer of 2008, when gas prices soared, the third shift returned in August due to increased demand of the Chevrolet Cobalt, resulting in the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs. Shortly thereafter, General Motors entered into bankruptcy, and two shifts were cut.
In 2010, in preparation to build the new compact Chevrolet Cruze, all members laid off from the plant returned to work. Numerous workers from shuttered GM plants in the US were forced to transfer to Lordstown for the open positions. The plant is currently operating on a three-shift schedule with approximately 4,500 employees.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, both Hillary Clinton and John McCain made stops at Lordstown. Shortly after election Barack Obama visited Lordstown to celebrate new product announcements and to proclaim success for the auto industry rescue.
|1966–1970||Chevrolet Caprice, Impala, Bel Air||453,086|
(note:includes additional '73-'74 GM of Canada production)
|1977–1980||Chevrolet Monza/Pontiac Sunbird||893,734|
|1978–1979||Buick Skyhawk/Oldsmobile Starfire||101,907|
|1982–1994||Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac J-2000/Sunbird||3,744,631|
|1995–1997||Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire||843,741|
|Total through 1998||10,619,143|
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