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LORDSTOWN, Ohio– Over 100 workers and their families gathered outside the GM Lordstown complex Thursday afternoon to pray for the future of the plant.

On Monday, GM said assembly plants at Lordstown, Detroit and Ontario, and the propulsion plants in White Marsh, Maryland and Warren, Michigan will be “unallocated” in 2019.

About 14,700, including 6,000 factory workers, will be laid off because of the five plant closures.

Earlier on Thursday, Rep. Tim Ryan spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra.

“I expressed my frustration and disappointment with GM’s decision to close the Lordstown plant. Generations of Northeast Ohio have worked at this facility, and their recent announcement is devastating to our community,” Ryan said.

Union members spoke at the approximately 10 minute prayer vigil Thursday afternoon, hoping to save the plant, workers’ jobs and the overall area, as they believe there will be negative economic impact if the plant closes.

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