Ohio senators have strong words for GM as northeast Ohio plant closes

The Spectrum

It’s the end of an era for a manufacturing plant in northeastern Ohio, and with it goes more than 1,000 jobs. 

Wednesday was 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. 

Both Ohio senators expressed anger and disappointment in General Motors because of the shutdown. Republican Sen. Rob Portman called on GM to use the Ohio plant to build one of it’s planned electric car models. 

Democrat Sherrod Brown had some strong words himself.

“Some of my thoughts about General Motors are unprintable,” he said. “This is a company that taxpayers rescued 10 years ago. Trump gave a huge tax break to the executives and to the large corporate interests. Those dollars that GM saved, some of them went to executives in stock buy-backs, a lot of it went overseas to build more plants, and I just think that Lordstown and Ohio feel betrayed by what General Motors did.”

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