GM unions to be honored at banquet

LIBERTY -- The two unions at General Motors' Lordstown complex will be honored at the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp.'s annual Salute to Business, Industry and Labor banquet.
Locals 1112 and 1714 of the United Auto Workers represent nearly 7,000 workers at the assembly and fabrication plants and more than 5,000 retirees.
Charles Wern Jr., MVEDC board president, said the unions are being honored for their dedication to producing quality products that successfully compete in the world market.
"This dedication was certainly a major factor in General Motors Corp.'s recent announcement to produce another generation of vehicles in Lordstown," he said.
GM is to begin producing a new small car at the assembly plant in 2004 after $550 million in improvements to both plants.
Accepting honors on behalf of the union members will be Jim Graham, president of Local 1112, and Bob Chambers, president of Local 1714.
The banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mr. Anthony's in Boardman. Contact the MVEDC for ticket information.

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