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Lordstown GM plant to suspend third shift in January, 2017

Credit: General Motors

Credit: General Motors

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – General Motors will suspend its third production shift at the Lordstown Assembly Plant beginning early next year.

The company says that the suspension of the shift comes in an effort to “align production output with demand for cars built.” GM sees customers buying more crossovers and trucks than cars, and ┬áthe 1,245 workers affected produce the Chevrolet Cruze sedans.

A similar suspension will go into effect at the Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan.

At the same, General Motors will be investing more than $900 million in three plants – the Lansing plant, the Toledo Transmission Operations and the Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana – to get them ready for future production demands.

The Lordstown plant currently employs 4,500 people. The last day for the third shift will be January 23, 2017.