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Will Lordstown Cruze into 3rd shift?



Published: Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Don Shilling

General Motors is planning an announcement at its Lordstown complex Tuesday, which has workers speculating that the automaker could detail plans to add a third shift.

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Dave Green, President of UAW 1714

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Jim Graham, President of UAW Local 1112

Jim Graham and Dave Green, Union Auto Workers leaders at the complex, said they would wait until Tuesday before making any comments.

Tom Mock, a complex spokesman, said the media will receive notice Monday about an event at the complex the following day. He declined to comment further.

Some union members said, however, that there is much speculation that a third shift is coming as the complex prepares to launch the Chevrolet Cruze in August.

Union leaders have been saying for some time that they expect the launch of the new small car to lead to a third shift at some point.

James Bell, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said union leaders are right to be optimistic. He said he expects the Cruze to sell well in the U.S. because it has been well-received in other countries where it already has been introduced.

Adding a third shift would show that GM has learned a lesson from its past small-car launches, he said.

“It would show they are coming to the small car market with authority and confidence that this is the right car. That’s always been an issue with GM. They timidly walked into those waters,” he said.

GM brought back the afternoon shift to the complex this past October, which restored the jobs of 1,000 hourly and 50 salaried workers. Workers were needed to increase the supply of Chevrolet Cobalts now made there and to prepare for the Cruze launch.

The assembly plant in Lordstown has about 400 workers laid off after a third shift was created, and then disbanded, in 2008.

Graham, president of UAW Local 1112, said last month that the assembly plant would require about 1,000 more workers for a third shift. The assembly plant has 2,400 hourly workers on the job.

Green, president of UAW Local 1714, said the fabricating plant has recalled all its workers and even added some workers from the assembly plant. He said last month that hundreds of additional workers would be needed for a third shift. The fabricating plant has 980 workers on the job.

shilling@vindy.com


Comments

1rjohnbro(9 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Here another example of poor management at lordstown. I wonder how long before the poor quality from cobalt is discovered when a customer go's thru the car wash and the fender pushes in , or the old engine harness shorts out. GM needs to work honestly and stop using tax payer money to beat up on Toyota . GM is forgeting all the people and bond holders they hurt. We won't buy GM. Maybe the big news is to fire donahough and green.

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2Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm not a big union fan but I think Lordstown and GM need to survive and thrive for this area to make it. I hope it is a 3rd shift and new hires

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3casper77(136 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

rjohnbro , Why are you blaming GM and the UAW about Toyota problems. They had nothing to do with it. If you remember ,years ago, Japanese banks were buying up companies and real estate all over the USA because of record profits only to find out they fudge their books, same here with Toyota, they hide their safety record and lied to Consumer Report about customer complaints. So if you want to blame someone, blame Toyota. even their President Toyoda won't face the fact that they try to beat Gm as World Leader in cars that they sacrificed quality to get there.

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4casper77(136 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

USA1 , why aren't you bashing all the banks that took the bail-out money then turned around and gave the same people that put them in the mess they're in and gave big bonuses. I have a hard time believing that a bank that borrowed 150 billion dollars and paid it back in one year and still made a profit??? Sounds like someone is cooking the books again just so they can get their bonuses. Do you work for one of those banks? What about Toyota? The cover-ups, the lies? The side-stepping on the issues? I guess that's OK since it's Toyota

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5sue(171 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

If you are not rooting for the Cruze and the Lordstown plant to succeed then you are insane. The tax dollars and economic ripple effect are huge. And no, neither I or my family works there.

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6Mer1(28 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I hope that this car hits a home run however competition will be stiff with the Civic, Elantra, Sentra, and Corrolla competing against it. What's the sticker price going to be? Hopefully, it's right in line with the competition. I've always had luck with GM cars and will continue buying them until they let me down. I currently own two GM cars which I bought new. Other than oil changes, filter changes, a battery, and a set of tires, I've only spent $138 in repairs in over 5 years.

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7casper77(136 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

USA 1 Look at all the programs FDR created to get us out the Depression. I bet you would bash him too. And how do you go by USA 1 when all you do is Bash the USA. You are more Unamerican than most people. Any person that hopes bad will against America shouldn't go by the name USA. I found out that the people that put down the goverment usually don't vote or they keep voting for the same people expecting different results.

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8casper77(136 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Apparently you are one of those Conspiracy Theory guys , locked up in your little room afraid to come out and meet real people. You have your own make- believe friends on your computer spitting out hatred to those of us who do not think like you. why don't you try to change the things you think is wrong with the Goverment, like run for office, volunteer your time to a worthy cause to make a change, instead of blaming everyone for your short-comings. Are you going to collect your social security when you come of age, do you collect unemployment when you are laid off ? I hope not. No swine flu shot for you ,right ! Goverment are putting micro chips in them to keep track and to control its people, isn't that how you think?

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9AXLE69(181 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh, how dare rational people claim usa1 pro-conservaterican is anti-American! Why, usa1 pro-conservaterican? Oh, that`s right,only you hypocritic ultra conservatives are allowed to have an opinion.Duh!Actually, you are not unique among your kind.You may LOVE America,you just hate 99% of its citizens because they don`t believe the same things that you do.You probably are not "legally"insane but Sue makes a good point.There`s not a doubt in my mind that if GM Lordstown closed you would be the first one on this blog singing the Hallelajuh Chorus.So don`t try to make yourself out as this great patriot cause in reality,you don`t give a damn if those plants in Lordstown are successful and you had that opinion even before GM went bankrupt.What really makes it sickening is that you WORKED there for over 2 decades and the union and GM helped you acheive a middle class living with good health care that kept you alive long enough to write on this blog and let people see just how whacky and hypocritical a man could be.Well, since you claim that Social Security is unconstitutional( not true),why are you cashing your check every month?And don`t give the lame excuse that you paid into it and are entitled. Surely someone who proclaims to be this great patriot,anti-socialist, moral king of the Mahoning Valley,the all knowing, the all seeing Great Wizard of Odd should take his SS check and donate it to the teabagger cabal or the Scotty Roeder "Let`s kill some Doctors" groups every month.I mean if you were putting your money where your mouth is,that`s what would happen.But alas,it seems you`re all mouth and no money.LOL!!!! Independent conservative huh? Just another one of your labels like lying about our Prez being a Kenyan.You really take the cake calling casper77 stupid.Dude,if a professional ever analyzed your comments, we can only imagine the findings.In fact,if anyone reading this is a mental health expert or knows one,please analyze several of usa 1 pro-conservaterican comments and post here for all of us to read.By the way,the Senate Majority Leader is spelled REID and FDR is universally recognized as one of the USA`s greatest presidents.Just a lil spelling and history lesson for ya buddy.No charge for that by the way.

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10AXLE69(181 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Casper77,usa1 pro-conservaterican is so far into right field,he`s actually in the stadium concourse.lol

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