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GM to Cease Production of Chevy Cruze at Lordstown Plant

GM to Cease Production of Chevy Cruze at Lordstown Plant

During frank conversations with GM CEO Mary Barra after the announcement that GM cut a shift at the plant due to the weakening market for the Chevy Cruze, I urged her to look to the Lordstown plant for production of other vehicles and to make a public commitment to the plant and its workforce.

GM plans to reduce annual capital spending to $7 billion by 2020 from an average of $8.5 billion a year during the 2017-2019 period.

"The news was gut-wrenching, it reminds of the late 70's Black Monday", State Representative Glenn Holmes said, "The plant has done everything it has been asked".

A sign stands outside Oshawa's General Motors auto assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. GM Canada said it will slow production and temporarily lay off employees at the factory as switches over to truck from vehicle production to address shifting US buyer preferences.

The largest USA automaker said on Monday it would cut thousands from its North American workforce, slash production and eliminate some slow-selling auto models. The company will instead concentrate on trucks and SUVs, and will double its investment in electric and autonomous vehicles.

Barra did not link Monday's cuts to tariff pressures, but said trade costs are among the "headwinds" GM has to face as it deals with broader technology change and market shifts.

Unifor, the union representing more than 2,500 workers at the Oshawa plant, said in a statement that it does not have complete details of Monday's announcement, but it has been informed that there is no product allocated to the Oshawa plant past December 2019.

GM isn't the first to abandon much of its auto market.

"They told me straight up there's nothing we can do", Ontario Premier Doug Ford told lawmakers, according to CBC. But Chevrolet has been making cars in Oshawa for more than a century. Robert McLaughlin and his sons Sam and George started making McLaughlin cars there in 1908 before selling to GM in 1918. The enormous plant near Texas 360 and East Abram Street employs about 4,125 people.

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What's more, the Cruze plant just outside Youngtown is in a Democratic and labor stronghold, where Trump won over a surprising number of voters two years ago by reaching out to what he called America's "forgotten men and women".

Governor-elect Mike DeWine noted the importance of the plant and is planning to personally speak with GM on the issue.

"I don't know how I'm going to feed my family", he said outside of the plant's south gate, where workers instituted a blockade for trucks from the entrance.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz grew up in Oshawa and was well aware of the significance of the industry.

The Oshawa plant, however, has been producing an older model, she said.

Oshawa now has two assembly lines. Unifor does not accept the closure of the plant as a foregone conclusion. As many as 10,000 jobs are tied to companies that supply parts for the plant, said Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association. Is this part of something that's happening across Canada?

Bains said the consumer preferences were the basis for the decision and the closure was related to the decline in demand for GM's sedan vehicles and increased demand for vehicles like trucks. The move effectively ends decades of GM's position as the country's largest automaker and ends 90 years of truck manufacturing in Canada for GM.

At a rally near Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are "coming back".


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