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Lordstown plant still faces shutdown threat

Thursday, April 10, 2008

LORDSTOWN — The General Motors’ car plant here appears to have avoided one shutdown threat while another remains.

The Lordstown plant has been threatened with shortages of parts from two sources.

One of those threats is close to being resolved because of a tentative contract agreement reached at a GM plant in Parma. The Detroit News reported that the settlement was critical because the plant makes components for the cars made in Lordstown, the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5.

United Auto Workers Local 1005 in Parma plans to hold a vote on the agreement Sunday. The UAW issued a strike warning at the plant last week.

Passage of the Parma contract would still leave another threat to Lordstown.

UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown has said that operations are threatened by a potential shortage of a brake spindle that is produced by American Axle. The UAW has been on strike against the supplier since Feb. 26.

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