UAW Leader Asks President Trump To Intervene In Lordstown Plant’s Future37
The Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant has lost two-thirds of its workforce in recent years as General Motors has cut the third and second shift from the plant that builds the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze sedan.
Now, a UAW leader has appealed to President Trump to help reinforce the plant’s shaky future, Wards Auto reported on Friday.
UAW Local 1112 President David Green penned a letter to the president explaining the plant’s situation and described GM’s decision to build the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico the same day 1,200 UAW workers lost their jobs.
The letter in part reads, “While I represent the hard-working men and women at the General Motors Lordstown complex, many other working people will be impacted if we cease to exist. We work hard every day in order to produce one of the highest quality automobiles General Motors builds, the Chevrolet Cruze.”
Earlier this month, GM CEO Mary Barra failed to ensure the Ohio plant’s future when Senator Sherrod Brown (D) pressed her on why the plant is underutilized. Barra reportedly answered it would be “too expensive” to retool the plant for Blazer production. A GM spokesperson told Wards Auto the decision to build the Blazer in Mexico was made years ago when Lordstown was running at three shifts and at full capacity. The shift to crossovers and SUVs is a recent happening, the spokesperson added.
Green’s letter continues to read, “You campaigned on the promise to keep Americans working, yet on June 22, 2018, GM announced they would build the new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico. Ironically this was also the very last day of our second shift, (and) another 1,200 workers were laid off. The fact (is) that many of our workers here in Ohio voted for you, and for you to remain silent on this issue is disturbing. What’s more, GM recently received a huge tax break through the new tax policy. The cut in the corporate tax rate will save General Motors billions of dollars.”
Finally, Green asked President Trump to request GM take some of its tax break savings and reinvest in the Lordstown facility. Thus far, Green hasn’t heard back from the White House. The letter is dated July 6.
- Sweepstakes Of The Month: Win a 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible. Details here.
They’re playing a dangerous game politicizing this or begging that man for anything. He would likely do more harm than good. In fact, when he ran his mouth off about the Cruze being built in Mexico, a lot of people at that point probably assumed all Cruzes were built in Mexico and took them off their shopping lists. Hell, what am I saying “likely” for? He corrupts everything and everyone he touches!
We don’t want Trump discussing American jobs. (Just ask the people at Carrier or Harley Davidson.)
We want Trump tooling around alone in his golf cart on the greens of Mar a Largo, his fat gut restrained by a girdle and a polo two sizes too small, as far away from Washington DC and his unsecured phone as possible. With any luck, he’ll be swallowed by a sinkhole.
“a lot of people at that point probably assumed all Cruzes were built in Mexico and took them off their shopping lists”
I put the Cruze Hatchback on my shopping list when I found out it was made in Mexico. Most Americans despise Trump and will do whatever he opposes. Whoever voted for Trump is finding out that Karma is a beach.
I guess if you count left-wing sore loser Canadian types like yourself. Keep your big nose out of American politics or people like me will definitely vote Trump in 2020.
Like #Qanon says, “These people are stupid.” No wonder they lost to Trump.
You Russians should stay out of American politics.
The Russians The Russians The Russians!
STILL waiting on all that proof of the Russians doing anything…waiting…waiting…
The whole Russian conspiracy spread by the left-wing mainstream media is just because the socialist democratic party needs an excuse for losing an election in such a humiliating fashion. Thr worst political defeat in American history. 96% chance of Hitlery Clinton winning, eh?
A proud Canadian union member who loves Trump
Hey, “Reggie”, or should I say Canadian Reggie the socialist? IP address wasnt masked well enough, buddy.
Fun Fact #1: Auto union country Michigan voted MAJORITY President Trump. First Republican President voted by a majority of union households since President Reagan.
Fun Fact #2: Auto union leaders, and most non-auto union leaders have met President Trump several times and are fully behind him…
Fun Fact #3: Current polling has President Trump winning re-election in 2020…and that margin is growing everyday.
Ever notice whenever there is a left-wing sore loser troll that is so quick to reply, usually first? Guess they have nothing to do sincd losing the election. But the up/ down vote of Reggie truly shows what America is REALLY thinking. Sorry, Reggie.
WE LOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP!!! MAGA!
Lots of Germans loved Hitler. So what?
Lots of people loved the communist dictatot Josesph Stalin too…Same with Obummer, or so the fake news told us. We all know how they turned out.
One thing you cant argue is fact…President Trump defeated Hitlery Clinton…Hitlery Clinton will never be President of the United States even though she had 5 times the money, all the fake news media on here side and even working for her, and the the FBI trying to rig the election in her favor.
Please take care and deal with your sore loser, Trump Derangement Syndrome. You have another 6.5 years of MAGA to live through.
I don’t have your IP, but let me tell you, Reality has yours. It’s a mean son of a b*tch that rocks the worlds of dumb f*cks like yourself with its morning coffee. Then, before the pop tarts have had a chance to cool, it settles in all quite like.
It’s warming up. But mark my words, it’s coming.
Here’s a brief preview for you, buddy, to contemplate in the meantime…
Spring 2014: A Kremlin-linked company that engages in influence operations, known as the Internet Research Agency, devised a strategy to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Its goal was to spread distrust toward candidates and the American political system.
June 16, 2015: Donald Trump announces candidacy for president.
July 2015: Hackers supported by the Russian government penetrate the Democratic National Committee’s network, stealing large volumes of data and maintaining access for about a year.
Mid 2015: Thousands of Kremlin-backed social media accounts begin to spread propaganda and disinformation, establishing a clear preference for Trump.
January 2016: Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, emails Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
March 19, 2016: The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, John Podesta, falls victim to an email phishing scam. It is believed this is how a group of Russian hackers gained access to his email account.
Early March 2016: George Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign as an adviser. While traveling in Italy in mid March, Papadopoulos meets a London-based professor whom Papadopoulos understood to have “substantial connections to Russian government officials.”
March 21, 2016: Trump identifies Papadopoulos and Carter Page as members of his foreign policy team, in an interview with the Washington Post.
March 24, 2016: Papadopoulos meets in London with the professor who introduces him to a female Russian national who Papadopoulos believes to be a relative of Putin with links to other senior Russian officials.
March 29, 2016: Trump taps Paul Manafort to manage the Republican National Convention.
March 31, 2016: Papadopoulos tells Trump, Jeff Sessions and other campaign members that he can use his Russian connections to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.
April 2016: Papadopoulos’ professor source tells the Trump adviser about a meeting with high-ranking Russian government officials in Moscow who have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
April 2016: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attends Trump’s foreign policy speech in Washington, where he meets Trump’s son-in-law and campaign adviser Jared Kushner.
May 2016: Donald Trump, Jr. meets with Alexander Torshin at National Rifle Association convention in Louisville. Torshin is a former senator and deputy head of Russia’s central bank.
Mid 2016: The Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency established a strategy of supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy and disparaging Hillary Clinton.
June 3, 2016: Trump, Jr. receives an email from Rob Goldstone, a business associate. Goldstone tells the younger Trump that Moscow supports his father’s candidacy, and says he has a connection to a Russian government official with incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton.
Goldstone tells Trump Jr.: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
The younger Trump replied that same day: “If it’s what you say I love it.”
June 7, 2016: Trump announced he would soon make a “major speech” on Clinton.
June 8, 2016: Russian intelligence officers launch DC Leaks, a website used to release stolen emails.
June 9, 2016: Trump, Jr., Manafort and Kushner meet with a Russian national and several others at Trump Tower, based on Goldstone’s promise to Trump Jr. that a “Russian government attorney” would deliver damaging information about Clinton. Several shifting accounts of the meeting were later offered.
June-July 2016: WikiLeaks and DCLeaks release thousands of documents about Clinton and internal DNC deliberations.
Early July 2016: Trump campaign adviser Carter Page travels to Moscow, where he meets with Russia’s deputy prime minister and a high-ranking Russian oil official. Page emails campaign staffers that the deputy prime minister had “expressed strong support for Mr. Trump,” and that he had gleaned “incredible insights and outreach” in Russia.
Mid July 2016: Trump campaign associate J.D. Gordon successfully lobbies for the GOP platform to be changed to benefit Russia. Language is inserted vowing not to provide lethal aid to Ukrainians in their fight against Russian-backed separatists.
July 18, 2016: Sessions talks with Kislyak after Sessions’ speech at the Republican National Convention.
July 20, 2016: Sessions talks with Kislyak after a speech. Separately, Trump campaign associates Page and Gordon meet with Kislyak.
July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks begins releasing DNC emails ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The first tranche — nearly 20,000 emails — reveals an embarrassing glimpse at internal DNC deliberations.
July 25, 2016: The FBI publicly confirms its investigation into the DNC hack.
July 2016: The FBI opens a counterintelligence investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee later confirmed that information from Papadopoulos triggered the investigation.
July 27, 2016: During a press conference, Trump says of Clinton’s emails: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
July 27, 2016: Russians for the first time begin to target Clinton’s emails.
September 2016: Kushner receives an email concerning WikiLeaks, which he then forwarded to another campaign official, according to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Read Kushner’s lawyer’s response.)
September 2016: Sessions meets with Kislyak in his Senate office.
Oct. 7, 2016: The U.S. intelligence community releases a statement saying the release of emails on DC Leaks and WikiLeaks “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”
Oct. 7, 2016: An Access Hollywood tape is released in which Trump can be heard in a 2005 interview bragging about groping women.
Oct. 7, 2016: Less than an hour after the Access Hollywood surfaces, WikiLeaks publishes more than 2,000 emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
Mid October 2016: Trump Jr. corresponds with WikiLeaks through Twitter’s private message service. WikiLeaks asks the younger Trump to direct his Twitter followers to its trove of documents. Fifteen minutes later, candidate Trump tweets about WikiLeaks. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted a link to WikiLeaks’ archive.
Oct. 21, 2016: The FBI and Justice Department obtain a warrant to monitor Page based on probable cause that Page is Russian agent. Page stepped down from the Trump campaign the previous month.
Nov. 8, 2016: Trump is elected president.
Dec. 1, 2016: Kushner and campaign adviser Michael Flynn meet with Kislyak at Trump Tower.
Dec. 13, 2016: Kushner meets with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of a state-run Russian bank under U.S. sanction. Gorkov was described to Kushner as “someone with a direct line to the Russian president who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together.”
Dec. 29, 2016: In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama responds to Russia’s interference in the election by expelling 35 Russian diplomats and issuing new sanctions.
Late December 2016: Following Obama’s move against Russia, Flynn asks Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation.” Kislyak later tells Flynn that Russia “had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”
Dec. 30, 2016: In a move that caught Kremlinologists by surprise, Putin declines to retaliate against the Obama administration’s sanctions.
Later that day, Trump praises Putin’s decision over Twitter:
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Jan. 6, 2017: The U.S. intelligence community concluded with “high confidence” that Russia engaged in an influence campaign directed at the election.
Jan. 10, 2017: In his confirmation hearing to become Trump’s attorney general, Sessions says under oath that he did not have contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a separate questionnaire submitted a week later, Sessions denied contacting any Russian officials regarding the 2016 election.
Jan. 10, 2017: A dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele goes public. Steele wrote the dossier on behalf of Fusion GPS, a research firm whose work had been funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The document suggests the Kremlin possesses compromising material against Trump and raises the possibility Trump is vulnerable to blackmail.
Jan. 20, 2017: Trump is inaugurated as president.
Late January 2017: Flynn, now Trump’s national security adviser, lies to the FBI, falsely claiming that he never discussed the Obama administration’s Russia sanctions with Kislyak.
Jan. 27, 2017: During a meeting with FBI Director James Comey, Trump said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” according to sworn testimony Comey would later deliver to Congress. Trump has denied this.
Feb. 13, 2017: Flynn resigns after 24 days as national security adviser.
Feb. 14, 2017: Trump asks Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to sworn testimony Comey would later deliver to Congress. Comey says Trump told him: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Trump has denied this.
March 1, 2017: The Washington Post reports that Sessions met with Kislyak twice over the previous year, encounters that Sessions failed to disclose during his confirmation proceedings. Sessions later confirms these meetings.
March 2, 2017: Sessions recuses himself from any “existing or future investigations” related to the 2016 presidential election.
March 20, 2017: Comey publicly confirms the FBI’s counterintelligence probe includes “investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
May 9, 2017: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
May 11, 2017: Trump tells NBC “this Russia thing” factored into his decision to fire Comey.
May 17, 2017: The Justice Department appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. Mueller will lead the investigation into possible ties or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, as well as other matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.”
July 8, 2017: The New York Times reports on the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower where Trump, Jr., Manafort and Kushner met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer. That story prompted Trump Jr. to issue the following statement to the media:
“It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared (Kushner) and Paul (Manafort) to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.
“I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
July 9, 2017: The New York Times reports that Trump Jr. arranged the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting after being promised he would receive damaging information about Clinton. For the second consecutive day, Trump Jr. issues a statement to the media about the meeting. (Read a full account of the Trump team’s shifting explanations.)
Aug. 1, 2017: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about a news report that the president had tried to change the narrative around Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer. Sanders says Trump “weighed in” on his son’s statement about the June 9 Trump Tower meeting. Sanders’ statement is inconsistent with previous explanations offered by Trump’s team.
Aug. 2, 2017: Trump signs a law imposing new Russia sanctions in response to Moscow’s interference with the election. Congress largely passed the bill — with veto-proof majorities — in response to Trump’s downplaying of the meddling question and his seeming interest in lifting sanctions against Russia, experts said.
Oct. 5, 2017: Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his efforts to put the Trump campaign in contact with Moscow. He enters a plea agreement with Mueller.
Oct. 30, 2017: Manafort and Trump campaign associate Rick Gates surrender to the FBI after being charged with a dozen felonies each, including failing to disclose lobbying activities on behalf of foreign entities, financial crimes and making false statements. They plead not guilty to all charges.
Nov. 2, 2017: Page tells the House Intelligence Committee he had notified Sessions about contacts he made with Kremlin officials during his July 2016 Russia. This contradicts Sessions’ previous denials.
Nov. 16, 2017: The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee send a letter to Kushner’s attorney saying Kushner failed to turn over several documents to the committee.
Nov. 30, 2017: Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition, and enters a plea agreement with Mueller.
Feb. 16, 2018: The Special Counsel charges 13 Russians and three Russian entities with conspiring to defraud the United States and interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
The Russian government has denied involvement.
The Special Counsel also charged Richard Pinedo with identity fraud. He would later plead guilty.
Feb. 18, 2018: Dutch attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan is indicted for lying to the FBI about interactions with Rick Gates and another associate of Manafort. He would later plead guilty and serve a 30-day sentence before being deported to the Netherlands.
Feb. 22, 2018: A superseding indictment is filed against Manafort and Gates containing 32 charges, including tax and bank fraud.
Feb. 23, 2018: Gates pleads guilty and agrees to work with Mueller’s probe.
Feb. 24, 2018: A new superseding indictment is filed against Manafort alleging he “secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States.”
April 9, 2018: The FBI raids the offices of Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. The case is referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.
April 19, 2018: Memos are released of former FBI Director James Comey, providing his contemporaneous written impressions of several one-on-one discussions with Trump.
April 27, 2018: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence found Russia conducted cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions during the 2016 campaign. The committee’s Republican members found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
June 8, 2018: Mueller adds an obstruction charge against Manafort and indicts his business partner Konstantin Kilimnik.
July 3, 2018: A Senate panel that independently reviewed the intelligence community’s assessment backed up its findings, concluding that the agencies’ joint assessment was a “sound intelligence product.”
July 13, 2018: The Special Counsel indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Clinton campaign, and leaking of emails and documents.
July 16, 2018: In a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump appeared to accept Putin’s denial of Russian election interference.
If you could now draw up a list, as complete as possible, of all those elections which the CIA or other US repressive agencies have manipulated, prevented from happening at all, or reversed the election result by a military intervention by US Military, please?
Now let’s get this straight.
So if this is al, true and fact the a Democrats or this who claim to be Democrats are going to wait till Supreme Court Justices are voted in and chase some stripper for her word before they act on what you claim?
The problem is even Strzok and Paige had nothing. As he posted in his email to the women he was cheating on his wife with “there is no there, there.
Let’s face it Hilary lost because people just do not like her. I even disagree with Bill C on most things but I could sit and have a beer with him and enjoy the visit. The Russians really did not have to do a thing.
Hilary is a vile, mean person and she has a hard time hiding it. Why do you think Bernie did so good with al, his crazy ideas. He was at least likable.
As for the Russians they have meddled in our affairs as we have theirs for years. We have enough James Bond movies to remind us.
Regarding the claim that Ms. Clinton lost the election “because people just do not like her” — actually 2 million more people voted for Clinton than for Trump.
It is only the archaic, undemocratic election system of the USofA which gave Trump a majority in the Electoral College, despite having a minority of the popular vote.
Just to set the facts straight.
The electoral system is the only way to give all parts of the country an even voice and say in an election.
If not for it the entire country would fracture appart as the fly over states do not want to be dictated to by the large urban hubs.
So before you become to snide you had better learn the real reasons for this vs you just getting your way. What is good to LA or NYC is not always good for Iowa.
Look at the fight for three states in Caligornia as the Central Valley is tired of paying for the mistakes made in Urban areas.
As for Hilary she knew the system and she did not work in the fly over states like MI and others that cost her the election. She has blamed everyone but herself and the truth is it all rests on her. Even Bill told her so much.
Now the facts are straight.
I’m pressed for time Scott, and was never directing my comment towards you anyhow, as I consider us on good terms, but you should know that Russia is allegedly involved in splitting up California as well (if not masterminding it). As Peter Strzok implied, we do our thing, unfortunately Russia is very overt and sloppy at theirs. Of course, they have their reasons for not trusting us…
No problem I never took it directed at me.
I just see so many claims on the web that ifthey were proven action would have been taken long ago.
The Soviets have been distrustful of us and often I find they really do not understand us.
For decades they actually though we would attack them first. We never would even though we had Lemay and Patton going around saying we should.
Even Putin said Bush fired Dan Rather. He actually thought the goverment fired him from CBS.
The Russians have also lived with much internal paranoia for centuries.
Russia has for sure tried to influence but most of the damage we have suffered are from our own people. Most of the BS going on now is all just us internally fighting for power.
The California thing is real but not Russian. I have many connection to California and this is nothing new. The central ans San Diego area are tired of the LA and SF liberalism. They want out. To be honest if we did away with the electoral college the same thing would happen nationally.
To be honest America is much like how GM was. We are our worst enemy.
We work together no one can hurt us but we all work as us and them we can fall just as Rome and there are enough Soros type folks who know this and work to devise us.
Politically, racially, economically, regionally we are being attacked by controlled media that is work8ng to devise us more than unite.
I do believe there are folks on both political sides working on the divide.
With the way we are going we will fail as. We can not survive as a divided welfare state.
I also have a friend in the FBI. He walked away from the investigation as it is a big lie built on small truths. He is working to retire and get out. The last 10 years the agency really has lost 5beir way do to appointment of corrupt people.
Plus one to you. While we do not agree I respect your differences
The US electoral system dates from the 18th century when people moved around the country by foot or horse or horse and carriage,, when letters took quite long times.
Now, especially for the POTUS election, people from different federal states have different weight. There is not “one person, one vote”, but the vote is weighted. Some have more weight then others. And this makes it possible to get elected with a minority of votes against the other candidate having more people behind her or him.
Let the votes be counted as “one person one vote, and all votes of the same weight”; and the result can be in within a few hours.
Besides, the US constitution was set up to accomodate for the slavocracy and to balance the power of the slave holders with those who ruled free men. Remember how the votes of the slavocracy was multiplied in power by the number of slaves they kept just like they kept cattle?
Our system should represent the entire country not just the population centers.
That was the original intent and you know what it still works today.
The whole concept is to represent all states not just 4 or 5. Or should I say cities.
Especially ones who are registering people who are not citizens of this country.
The “entire country” consists of about 300 million individuals. Each of those should have one vote.
scott3, on the other hand, says that the principle of “one man one vote” should be discarded, “democracy stinks”, and that there are human beings more important than others. Why not re-introduce census elections? People’s vote is weighted by their income and property, judging their worth by their money?
Like George Orwell put scott3’s distortion of “liberté, egalité, fraternité” in his “Animal Farm” (transscribed):
“All humans are equal, but some humans are more equal than others”.
As to the inequality of living conditions, there are regional units; in the case of the USA the federal states, their counties, their municipalities (I guess). I see as a problem of the US federalism that the federal states are not represented as such on the national level. USA is actually governed by a hyper-centralist government.
Democracy is an equal and balanced voice for the entire country not a few selected cities that the far left can trump up votes with offers of free rides, money and cigarettes.
Just recently the far left candidate in Chicago gave away money at a rally.
Might observe that we also base the House or Reps on the census and states with more people get a percentage more representation to remain equal with the states with less people.
This is called a balanced system.
Now on the other hand if you let a select number of cities call the shots you end up with a society not much unlike the Hunger Games.
What next pit rual conservatives against each other to entertain you? We know how that turned out.
As for inequality of life and wages. Life is what you make of it. You get what you put in and how you position your life. Some folks get it many expect it to be given to them. Sorry you make your own luck and we all get good and bad.
I am not from America but it is clear to see you have shit for brains. Trump is the only chance you idiots have of surviving.
You are no doubt one of the swamp rats. Be careful what you say about GOD’s anointed or you may be heading straight to ‘HELL’
To save Lordstown it will come down to future product and timing. They will need a small CUV to remain viable and I am not sure if they will have one in time or not. The plant could be idled for while like Springhill and brought back if needed.
The major issue is the Cruze was a reward to the plant as it was a hot car and it was selling well enough to push three shifts. The problem is the market has changed and the sedan market is in a free fall.
There is not much anyone can do here accept hold on and hope GM has coming in the pipe line that could fill the void.
Like my comment on the Orlando the other day. It might be a good idea to replace the Cruze with a tall wagon. The HHR even with all the oddities in styling etc it sold is very solid numbers that would only be stronger with a more conventional design. Some kind of Cross track wagon would do well in this market. The question is has GM got anything like that in the works? Ford does so I suspect GM has something too.
Time will tell.
With the sudden decline of the sedan and the lead time on new products I am sure GM is still working this out.
No need to go into foolish delusional political BS to understand this the realties of the market and how a corporation works.
I doubt that, as people don’t like wagons. The Audi Allroad doesn’t sell in respectable volume, and if a German brand can’t pull it off in an American market, nor will an American brand. Wagons are seen as Weak, Feminine, and boring. I’d advise GM to keep the plant, as Gas Prices will continue to climb, and people will hate spending $50-75 filling their vehicles with regular unleaded. If anything, bring an electric model based off the bolt to the Lordstown plant, alongside the Cruze. That’ll keep things going.
They hate car wagons not tall SUV looking wagons. they pushed 180K and 150K plus HHRs out the door nearly every year till the end and no Cobalt wagon would have done that.
Make it sit up and make it look like a SUV even on a car platform and people are driven to it.
As for electric there is just not enough volume yet. People will not pay that much for a small hybrid or electric model yet in that great of numbers.
Gas is not going anywhere yet.
EV has a place in the future but they have a ways to go growth, range charging times and cost yet. But it is going to take more time and investment.
Besides a small CUV would get the same numbers as the Cruze.
How many people can look back at an HHR, with good memories, and a positive impression? We all knew it was a direct competitor to Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. They both had issues and sucked.
Actually mine was a joy to drive and it did many things well.
I drive it 9 years got great mpg and still sold it for more than half what I paid for it at $12k.
When I bought mine I had a number of co workers also buy new and used ones and all have had no complaints.
It just was a tall Cobalt wagon that will run for ever. Yes it could have used less plastic inside but for the money they just keep on running.
The HHR really had few issues.
The Dodge Magnum wasn’t feminine.
Even then it did not sell. Sadly.
Politicizing Reggie … have you read your comment? Stop being such a Reggie Downer! David Green is doing his best to maintain and bring back jobs! You are suggesting nothing more than piss and moan!
The Blazer should be made in the USA! GM has way sufficient revenue to retool Lordstown .. it’s a choice, a greedy one. The workers are who created GM success! America should be given dibs on any GM product that is to be sold here. Also, it was the truth about the Cruze Sedan being subsidized in Mexico. That should have never happened .. shortly thereafter third shift was cut! Trump had nothing to do with people’s shift to Crossovers! I will have a Crossover too when my Cruze falls out. I support anyone who is doing anything positive to keep Lordstown alive and working to its fullest!
Keep up the good fight Lordstown!
The UAW should unionize the South. Build a union in the automobile plants in Spartanburg, South Caroline (BMW), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Daimler), and all other factories and other workplaces.
They will have to deal with the strong and often violent opposition of the very forces which are the backbone of Trumpism, and will find out what an arch enemy of working people this moneygrabbing real estate shark and Humiliation TV star is. A person whose signature phrase is “You’re fired!” can’t be an ally of the working class.
Besides, the result of increased productivity of labor by automation is shortening the work week. Fight for a 30 hour work week (with 40 hours pay), longer paid vacations and more public holidays. And single payer health insurance for all.
Left-winger “Observer7” is back spewing his socialist anti-Trump propaganda again.
Those Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) meds dont seem to be working for you. Hope you can overcome your humiliating loss to President Trump and move on with your life.
By the way, what happened to that Trump impeachment? Fake news as usual.
Do I understand Sean S. as being as dead-set against unionizing the South, i.e. organizing trade unions everwhere where the bosses use all their means to keep the workers from fighting for their rights, as POTUS Trump is?
Nothing can guarantee the future of Lordstown right now except a crossover.
Hey Lordstown survived the Vega it can survive anything.
We could see the Cruze line run on till the time is right or we can see Lordstown see a pause like a Springhill did.
The key is the local UAW has been a good working partner with GM and that can play a vital roll in the future.
GM has rewarded them in the past and I expect that will not be forgotten. The problem right now unforeseen market forces have caught everyone flat footed.
The area before got screwed over by the steel unions and the present UAW learned from that in nearby Youngstown.
Since the bail out the Union owns part of GM so they now have skin in the game. They now have to see it from both sides. Hence the new found cooperation.
Wow! So many negative comments. The solution is to tell all U.S. citizens not to buy foreign brands, even if they use local labor for assembly.
Well I believe they tried that for decades with the Buy American promotion and well you know how that turned out.
It is like Walmart. Everyone complains about them but yet they buy there due to cheap prices from cheap imports.
People think with their wallet not their brain anymore.
Maybe it’s finally time for Chevrolet to build what people have been wanting since the Cruze was first introduced which is a SS variant with the LTG 2.0L DOHC-4v 4-cyl turbo making 250 hp or possibly the new L3B 2.7L DOHC-4v 4-cyl turbo making 310 hp.
Look at the numbers sold on the past SS and it would not make any impact on the overall problem.
The LNF Cobalt was a great performance car but it barely moved the needle.
I would love to see an SS but not as an expected savior of the car.
People want quality, good price, MPG and utility anymore. Styling and performance is secondary anymore I am sad to say.
GM would be lucky to make back their investment. Also it really would need AWD if it is 300 or more. My SS was at 300 and traction sucked. It was cool spinning the tires rolling over 40 mph but it killed 1/4 mile Times.