General Motors to close Lordstown plant


GM says the move is part of a transformation for the future, which includes an increased focus on next generation battery-electric vehicles. "There are tens of thousands of feeder jobs that originate from this plant alone", Carrie said.

While GM is buying out and laying off workers in its core auto operations, the automaker has added close to 1,000 people in the past year at Cruise.

Workers said they were creating a blockade, stopping trucks carrying supplies from entering the plant.

The Oshawa plant, located just outside of Toronto, was built in 1953.

"I'm hopeful that another automotive manufacturing company will come in and take over the Lordstown facility, and take advantage of our exceptionally hard working and well-trained workforce here in the Mahoning Valley", Congressman Johnson said.

The decision was quickly criticized by Ohio politicians such as Representative Tim Ryan (D-13th district), who said in a press release the announcement was "devastating for Northeast Ohio".

Sources tell 680 NEWS that GM is set to announce it will be phasing out operations over the course of the next year at the plant, which dates back to 1918.

The full closure of the Oshawa plant will leave 2,500 unionized workers and 300 salaried employees out of work, with indirect effects rippling across the southern Ontario auto industry and beyond. GM says it will allocate future products to fewer plants next year amid "changing customer preferences in the US and in response to market-related volume declines in cars".

Production at the plant began on November 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.

It was expected that GM needed to address underutilization of its plants.

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Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz grew up in Oshawa and was well aware of the significance of the industry.

Unifor, the union representing more than 2,500 workers at the plant, said it has been told that there is no product allocated to the Oshawa plant past December 2019.

The company has marked a sedan plant in Detroit, a compact vehicle plant in OH, and another assembly plant outside Toronto for possible closure. "Despite mounting debt and deficits, rising inflation and interest rates, billions in lost investment, and a crisis in Canada's energy sector, Trudeau insisted all was well".

Workers in the Unifor trade union walked out of the Oshawa plant "in protest", ahead of a meeting with GM about the announcement, a union spokeswoman said. Is this part of something that's happening across Canada?

In all, about 6,300 workers will be laid off.

While GM declined comment on the announcement, the end of a product line doesn't necessarily result in the closure of a plant.

GM has three other sites in the province of Ontario.

Ford laid out a number of requests for the federal government - including enhanced EI in Durham Region - in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday morning to discuss the GM closure in Oshawa. In October, nearly 65 percent of new vehicles sold in the US were trucks or SUVs. GM's total employment in Canada is 8,150 direct jobs. "I've been through this before, so whatever happens happens".

President Trump told reporters, "We don't like it, I believe they'll be opening up something else".