General Motors is continuing to combat high inventories of passenger cars with planned downtime at U.S. manufacturing facilities. As consumers purchase crossovers over sedans, it has left some facilities overproducing and jacked up days’ supply.
Now, local news affiliate WKBN 27 reports the Lordstown, Ohio plant is in for two more weeks of downtime this summer. The first shutdown was planned for the month of June, but now, GM will idle the plant for another two weeks in July as well.
UAW Local 1714 President Robert Morales said some workers may remain on the job but wasn’t sure how many.
“Traditionally, we’ve had a few workers in the plant working for those that are laid off. They’ll receive unemployment and subpay, so they’ll be offered extended two weeks and on the 17th, we’ll be back to work and ready to run at a two-shift capacity,” he said.
As Morales stated, the two shifts are expected to resume fully on July 17, 2017. Lordstown is responsible for nearly all Chevrolet Cruze production. A handful of sedans are produced in Mexico, while the Cruze hatchback is also assembled south of the border.