The plant once ran three shifts to keep up with demand for the Cruze compact car, especially during the height of the U.S. economy’s recovery and soaring fuel prices. GM announced the third shift would end in November 2016. Last April, the automaker said it would end the plant’s second shift as well. The third shift saw 1,200 jobs lost, while the second shift will take 1,500 jobs.
However, hundreds of Lordstown employees reportedly took buyout and early retirement offers, so the final layoff figure likely won’t reach 1,500.
Early retirees will receive up to $60,000, while buyout takers are eligible for up to $50,000 depending on the length of time employed.