It’s more bad news for the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant. General Motors will cut the plant’s second shift this summer, which will take up to 1,500 jobs with it.
WKBN 27 reported on the cuts last Friday after officials delivered the news during a plant-wide meeting the same day. According to the report, June 18 will be the first day for the single shift operation.
With the cuts, GM is also offering a $60,000 payout to some employees. Employees present at the meeting said exact information on the buyout will come today.
GM blamed slumping Cruze sales for the continued cuts at Lordstown, though some employees were hopeful that GM will bring a crossover to the plant to fill in the lost production. GM also remained committed to the compact car during the meeting and reiterated that the Cruze represents 36 percent of the segment in sales.
The Lordstown plant has been hit with continued downtime and cutbacks in the past couple of years. Last summer, GM added several weeks of downtime, and the automaker suspended the plant’s third shift in Q1 of 2017. The move took another 1,200 jobs with it.