GM Lordstown employees unsure of what future holds

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LORDSTOWN (WCMH) — A sad day for a community and the automotive industry as workers from the Lordstown General Motors production plant drove away from the factory for the last time.

“Can’t believe it may be the last time we ever step foot in there,” said worker Tom Davis.

Last November GM announced the closure of the closure of the plant and said they will stop production of the Chevrolet Cruze Wednesday.

“Let us work. Just keep it here we are here and ready to work and were trained I’ve been here for 10 years,” said worker Paul Mayer.

Some employees are no hoping to relocate.

“I put in for a transfer at the other plants across the country,” said worker Shawn Winkler.

Now, these workers face unemployment.

Anthony Grachanin was laid off from an automotive supplier of GM when the factory lost two of its three shifts and 3,000 union jobs in 2017.

Grachanin once helped make the bumpers and the grills for the Chevy Cruze.

“My fellow workers I feel for them. All the friends I did work with are going to lose their jobs and it’s tough, hard to see,” said Grachanin.

Others a call hopeful that a new factory will move in.
“It would be dumb not to put anything in there. You have a workforce that loves what they do. We always make sure everything comes off the line as best as we can,” said Mayer. 

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