GM told local ABC News affiliate News 5 that Wednesday would, indeed, be the final day for production. A representative told the news affiliate it will be “an emotional day” for the 1,400 workers that remained at the plant after GM previously laid off the third and second shifts in the past few years. GM will also not provide media access to the plant on the final day.
Of the 1,400 employees, around 400 of them have taken transfer opportunities to GM plants in need of workers. Said plants build crossovers and trucks that are in high demand right now. The Lordstown plant only built the Chevrolet Cruze with no other vehicles allocated to help filter the impact. The other 1,000 employees will be left with tough choices to relocate or stick it out in the Mahoning Valley that has relied on the GM plant as its income epicenter since 1966.
The ripple effects have already started in the area. Two suppliers to the plant have announced they will either close entirely or idle production until GM and the United Auto Workers figure out the plant’s final fate. Under the current labor contract, GM cannot close any facilities. The automaker was careful to call the Lordstown plant “unallocated” for 2019, though that didn’t stop the UAW from filing a lawsuit claiming GM breached the agreement.
GM has given no indication it plans to put another vehicle in the Ohio plant and the governor reportedly said the automaker is actively seeking another company to take over the plant.
For now, it closes a chapter for GM as it exits the compact car segment for good.