LORDSTOWN (AP) — General Motors is eliminating all 1,700 hourly positions, perhaps for good, at the factory near Youngstown, the first of five North American auto plants that it intends to shut down by early next year.
The plant closings are part of a major restructuring for GM, which plans to shed as many as 14,000 workers and shift its focus to making trucks, SUVs and electric and autonomous vehicles.
Here are some facts and figures about northeast Ohio’s Lordstown assembly plant. The Lordstown plant, which General Motors idlied Wednesday after the final U.S.-made Chevrolet Cruze sedan had rolled off the assembly line, saw the elminiation of the jobs of nearly 1,700 of the village’s hourly workers:
• The plant opened in April 1966.
The first car off the line was a Chevrolet Impala sports sedan that went to a local car dealership. Vehicles produced at Lordstown over the years have included other full-size sedans, vans and various compact cars, including the infamous Chevy Vega, considered one of the worst American-made cars ever.
• The plant’s footprint is 6.2 million square feet (nearly 600,000 square meters), the equivalent of around 108 American football fields.
• Lordstown has produced more than 16 million vehicles since 1966.
• Nearly 1.9 million Chevrolet Cruze sedans have been assembled at Lordstown since the vehicle went into production in 2011.
Peak production reached 290,000 cars in 2014. Just more than 123,000 were made last year.
• The GM Lordstown plant, located in the Trumbull County village, is about 60 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland and about 75 miles northwest of the downtown Pittsburgh area.