Lordstown Assembly

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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 moved 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.

Vehicles produced[edit]

Model Years Product Numbers Produced
1966–1970 Chevrolet Caprice, Impala, Bel Air, Biscayne 453,086
1967–1969 Pontiac Firebird 220,230
1971–1977 Chevrolet Vega 1,966,157
(note:includes additional '73-'74 GM of Canada production)
1971–1994 Chevrolet Van 1,948,468
1971–1994 GMC Vandura 423,547
1975–1977 Pontiac Astre 132,046
1977–1980 Chevrolet Monza/Pontiac Sunbird 893,734
1978–1979 Buick Skyhawk/Oldsmobile Starfire 101,907
1982–1994 Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac J2000/Sunbird 3,744,631
1995–1997 Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire 843,741
Total through 1997 10,727,547
1998–2005 Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire
2005–2009 Pontiac G5/Pursuit/G4
2005–2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2011–present Chevrolet Cruze

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Coordinates: 41°8′48.42″N 80°52′36.63″W / 41.1467833°N 80.8768417°W / 41.1467833; -80.8768417

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