General Motors has announced a $50 million investment in its Lordstown Assembly plant for a new flexible trim shop and upgrades to the press room for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
Some construction has already begun on the plant. Chevrolet says it will announce the production start of the next-generation Cruze at a later date.
“This investment will enhance our customer responsiveness while providing our team with the tools and processes needed to be the best at building the next generation Cruze,” said Lordstown Plant Manager Bob Parcell.
In addition to the investment, the UAW Locals 1112 and 1714 purchased the 1 millionth Chevrolet Cruze, which rolled off the Lordstown assembly line on April 10. The Cruze is a red LT model equipped with an RS package and will be raffled off to a Lordstown employee with all proceeds going to local charity.
The plant investment adds to the more than $250 million invested in Lordstown since 2009. The complex has built more than 15 million vehicles since it first opened in 1996.