At the opening of the Cleveland Auto Show, UAW Local 1112 President, Glenn Johnson, who oversees General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio, plant said the automaker is absolutely committed to Chevrolet Cruze production.
The Cruze remains one of GM’s best-selling cars and ranked among the top ten best-selling cars in 2017. Of the top ten, the Chevrolet Cruze placed eighth on the list with just over 160,000 Cruzes sold. Despite a downward sales trend in passenger cars overall, the sales figures “underline the importance of the Cruze within the segment,” Rick Demuynck, GM Lordstown’s plant manager, told WKBN.
The Lordstown plant suffered a handful of blows in 2016 and 2017 as GM laid off 1,200 workers and scheduled multiple weeks of downtime for workers still on the job. Lordstown builds the Cruze sedan, while GM builds the Cruze hatchback in Mexico.
The plant was the only remaining operation with two unions representing workers, though both officially merged into one unit earlier this month. With one cohesive union, leadership had a clear message: they’ll build whatever GM asks of them.