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GM Firing 1,500 Ohio Workers as US Small-Car Sales Plummet

GM Firing 1,500 Ohio Workers as US Small-Car Sales Plummet
(Mohamed Ahmed Soliman | Dreamstime)

Friday, 13 April 2018 06:25 PM

General Motors Co. will fire as many as 1,500 workers at the end of June at the Ohio factory building the Chevrolet Cruze compact that’s struggling as American consumers snub cars in favor of crossovers.

The Lordstown assembly plant will operate on only one shift as part of the cutback, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said in an email. The company will be roughly halving the workforce at the factory, though Hart wrote that it’ll remain open for the foreseeable future.

“Lordstown is among the few remaining builders of small cars in the U.S. and it is our plan to keep it that way,” she said. “GM recently stated our commitment to sedans and the role Cruze plays in that commitment.”

Cruze sales plunged 26 percent in the first three months of the year to less than 40,000 units and slipped 2.2 percent last year. GM and other automakers have been laying off workers in passenger-car plants as roomier sport utility vehicles have seized record share of industrywide deliveries.

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General Motors Co. will fire as many as 1,500 workers at the end of June at the Ohio factory building the Chevrolet Cruze compact that's struggling as American consumers snub cars in favor of crossovers.The Lordstown assembly plant will operate on only one shift as part of...
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