Cruze (Chevrolet)

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Apr 23, 2019

While the final Chevrolet Cruze was built at the GM Lordstown plant in Ohio on March 8th, parts production remained, and could have continued through June.
However the few workers who remained at the plant tasked with building Cruze replacement parts finished doing so on April 5th.
GM had previously announced in November 2018 the closure of the Lordstown plant along with four others.
At one point, the Lordstown plant operated three shifts and employed 4,700 people, although it had eliminated two shifts in the last few years and has now closed with no new product allocated.
(multiple sources on April 18, 2019)

Mar 07, 2019

While ending production of the Chevrolet Cruze at its Lordstown plant, General Motors confirmed plans on March 4 to also close its Meridian Way processing center in West Chester, Ohio by May 31, laying off its 101 employees.
Opened in 2008, the 414,460-square-foot Meridian Way plant was part of GM's supply chain, logistics, warehousing and distribution system.
The Lordstown plant officially ended production on March 6, two days earlier than previously announced.
(multiple sources on March 6, 2019)

Mar 01, 2019

The GM Lordstown plant in Ohio will end production of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan and go idle on March 8, officially leaving thousands of workers to await United Auto Workers (UAW) negotiations in September.
GM announced months ago that five U.S. and Canadian plants would become “unallocated”, thus avoiding the closure terminology which would violate the union contract due to expire on September 14.
Hundreds of Lordstown workers have accepted transfer opportunities, in some cases to the Bedford, Indiana, casting plant, and plan to leave the state.
GM has also begun handing out forced-transfer slips.
Employees must take the transfer, such as to the Wentzville, Missouri, plant for truck and van production, or lose all remaining pay and benefits.
Eighty workers have received the forced-transfer notices and twelve have accepted so far.
(Detroit News article on February 27, 2019)