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Lordstown GM plant in second on shutdown list, UAW says

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

LORDSTOWN — The potential shutdown of the General Motors car plant here has been put off until next week.

Leaders at United Auto Workers Local 1112 have informed membership that the plant is second on GM’s list of car plants most likely to close because of a parts shortage. A flier put out in the plant said it was possible the Lordstown plant could close next week.

Two weeks ago, the union said it had been told production could stop within a week because of a shortage of brake spindles, which are forged by American Axle. The Detroit-based supplier was hit by a UAW strike Feb. 26. About 3,600 American Axle workers are off the job at plants in Michigan and New York.

Production at 30 GM plants has been fully or partially shut down because of a shortage of parts. At first, the shutdowns mostly affected plants that produce sport-utility vehicles and pick-up trucks, or components for those vehicles.

Car plants have started to be affected, however. The flier at Local 1112 said GM’s next plant to close will be the plant in Kansas City, Kan., that produces the Chevrolet Malibu. Following that plant would be the Lordstown plant, which makes the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, the flier said.

A GM spokesman could not be reached to comment.