News GM Cuts Hundreds of Jobs at Chevy Cruze Plant in Ohio

18:52  16 april  2018
18:52  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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April 13 (UPI) -- General Motors announced Friday it is cutting the second shift at a plant in Ohio , affecting up to 1,500 jobs due to declining Chevrolet Cruze sales. It is the second job cut at the GM Lordstown Assembly Complex in less than a year and a half.

Sales of the Chevy Cruze are down 32 percent from four years ago, prompting GM to cut jobs at its Lordstown, Ohio , plant . GM laid off several hundred people in January 2017 when it ended the third shift at the facility. Car sales are down 13.2 percent overall and GM sold 184,000 Cruzes in 2017

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General Motors factory workers are facing yet another round of layoffs. This time, hundreds of jobs will be cut at the automaker's Chevrolet Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio due to declining demand for the Chevy compact in the face of, you guessed it, America's insatiable appetite for crossovers.

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According to CNBC, workers were informed Friday afternoon that one of two shifts at the Ohio facility will be eliminated come mid-June. As it stands, the plant employs almost 3,000 people, 90 percent of whom are hourly workers. While GM says up to 1,500 employees will potentially be affected, the precise number of layoffs won't be determined for a few weeks.

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GM cuts several hundred jobs at Ohio plant as car sales continue to slide. The plant , which employs just under 3,000 workers, builds only the Chevy Cruze . Friday afternoon plant leaders

General Motors is cutting one of two shifts at its Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio amid stalling U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Cruze . Up to half of the plant 's roughly 3,000 workers, including 2,700 hourly, could be affected when the shift is eliminated This news has been published by title GM To Cut

Apparently, on the current schedule, Lordstown workers had already been working fewer hours due to slow sales. In an email to The Drive, a GM spokesperson explained, "The move to one shift is being done to help us operate the plant with a more stable production schedule. On two shifts, we had to take several weeks of downtime to keep supply and demand in balance."

Measuring 6.2 million square feet, the Ohio plant is primarily responsible for the Cruze sedan. The hatchback version, meanwhile, is assembled in Coahuila, Mexico, to President Trump's dismay.

In case you haven't noticed from the onslaught on SUVs hitting the streets, sedan sales have been slumping across the industry. In 2017, just 184,000 Chevy Cruzes were reportedly sold in America, marking a 32 percent drop from 2014 when GM moved more than 273,000 of the compact Chevys. This year, sales reportedly fell by another 28 percent.

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