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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:00 PM

The Cruze cruises: GM assembly plant prepares to close

Source: Associated Press

By MARK GILLISPIE and TOM KRISHER an hour ago

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown will be idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end.

GM announced in December that Lordstown along with three plants in the U.S. and one in Canada would close at some point this year.

The Cruze, once a popular and well-reviewed compact car made in Lordstown since 2011, has become the victim of consumer tastes as car buyers in an era of inexpensive gasoline have shown strong preferences for trucks, SUVs and crossover-type vehicles, all of which produce far bigger profits than sedans for GM.

While Wednesday could be the last day for the Cruze, GM spokesman Dan Flores said the plant’s parts-stamping operation will continue producing fenders and other replacement parts through most of March.

The 6.2 million square foot plant (nearly 600,000 square meters) will be placed in a “state of readiness,” Flores said, meaning it will be heated and fully maintained to allow for a resumption of operations. A final decision on the plant’s future is expected to be made during upcoming contract talks with the United Auto Workers that begin this summer. The UAW’s national contract with GM expires in mid-September.

Read more: https://apnews.com/19d3439c9d614369ae4d5b98b526e635



What is absolutely remarkable, is that GM is not putting any R&D money into a new vehicle, they got their tax break to give to shareholders and the CEO's like the asshole that was /is running the plant and the jobs are gone and the car will be made in Mexico.
But the entire state of Ohio will have those unemployment checks being shared from other businesses picking up that cost, somewhere down the line, by raising rates to keep the fund solvent, and GM will pay into the fund, but those folks only have 26 weeks worth of checks......................homes are now in jeopardy, health care, education...................and anyone that voted for a republican in that state and nationally, what the hell were you thinking............................amazing......................

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Reply The Cruze cruises: GM assembly plant prepares to close (Original post)
turbinetree Mar 2019 OP
George II Mar 2019 #1
SunSeeker Mar 2019 #2
NCjack Mar 2019 #3
cstanleytech Mar 2019 #9
watoos Mar 2019 #4
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2019 #10
DirtEdonE Mar 2019 #5
Quemado Mar 2019 #6
Blue Hen Buckeye Mar 2019 #7
cstanleytech Mar 2019 #8
James48 Mar 2019 #11
Jimbo S Mar 2019 #12
JCMach1 Mar 2019 #14
MichMan Mar 2019 #15
JCMach1 Mar 2019 #16
Jimbo S Mar 2019 #13

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:06 PM

1. Previously 3,000 workers had already lost their jobs at that plant, and the "trickle down" effect...

...(if I can use that term) is that dozens if not hundreds of other businesses are affected by the closing of this plant.

It also looks like GM is hinting at using this closing as a sledge hammer during future union negotiations:

"A final decision on the plant’s future is expected to be made during upcoming contract talks with the United Auto Workers that begin this summer."

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:07 PM

2. So, how'd that vote for Trump work out for you, Ohio?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:25 PM

3. GOP tax cut paid for this plant closing and transfer of manufacturing

to MEXICO.

Taxcut-45 and GOP Congress' skillful design of the tax bill that made this possible.

And, thank you MAGAt dummies for voting for straight GOP ticket in 2016 that installed those assholes.

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Response to NCjack (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 02:47 PM

9. Agreed and I feel zero sympathy for any Trump supporter or voter that is now jobless.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:35 PM

4. Gasoline is up to $2.70 and rising in Pa.

 

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Response to watoos (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:04 PM

10. Still $2.05 in TX

But if TX refineries can't get heavy crude from VZ for their blends, they'll have to get it from somewhere else like ....


Wait for it ....

RUSSIA.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 01:47 PM

5. So are we great again yet?

 

Ohio. LOFL

Stupidity its own reward.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 02:19 PM

6. People who vote against their own interests (MAGANS)

don't want other people (POC, etc) to have things like affordable health care. The MAGANS would rather die prematurely than let someone else (POC) have a benefit. That concept I got from online interviews with the author of "Dying of Whiteness".

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 02:33 PM

7. Last nail in the coffin of Youngstown.

My uncles and grandfathers worked at the steel mills and GM. The city is gone. Sad

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 02:45 PM

8. Is this the "winning" Trump crowed about?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:19 PM

11. Small note- the Cruze isn't going to Mexico.

The Mexico Chevy Cruze plant is closing as well.

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/11/gm-to-also-end-chevy-cruze-production-in-mexico/


GM is discontinuing MOST of it's sedan automobiles, in order to focus only on the more profitable SUV's and Trucks.

For GM, The models discontinued are:

Chevy Impala
Chevy Cruze
Chevy Volt
Chevy Sonic
Chevy Spark
Cadillac CT6
Cadillac XTS
Buick Cascada
Buick Lacrosse
Buick Verano

GM will mostly not be a car company any more.




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Response to James48 (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:44 PM

12. Correct

The SUV's, CUV's and pickups are the current cash cows for the automotive industry. That and combined with America's love for anything bigger and better are what's driving the above models obsolete.

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Response to James48 (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:24 AM

14. Huge mistake, but hey it's GM

Last edited Thu Mar 7, 2019, 05:05 PM - Edit history (1)

Volt was the best GM cars ever made

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 10:44 AM

15. Yet consumers shunned them

GM sold approx. 20K Volts in 2018. They sold nearly 3 million vehicles in the US meaning only 0.67 % of all sales were Volts






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Response to MichMan (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 05:06 PM

16. Ever see a Volt commercial? They weren't really trying

On the flipside, ever see a Prius, or Toyota hybrid commercial?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:46 PM

13. "Janesville, an American Story"

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