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Michigan fire idles work on Cruze



Published: Fri, March 4, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

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Jim Graham

By Kristen Russo

krusso@vindy.com

LORDSTOWN

A fire in a Michigan manufacturing plant is bringing production at General Motors’ Lordstown plant to a screeching halt.

The fire broke out in Magna International’s plant in Howell, Mich., which manufactures headliners for the Chevrolet Cruze.

A headliner is the fabric lining attached to a vehicle’s interior roof.

Production at the Lordstown plant will cease at 7 a.m. today, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.

Tom Mock, spokesman for the Lordstown plant, said he doesn’t know when the supplier will begin making shipments or when Lords-town production will resume.

“Right now, it’s something we have to monitor,” Mock said.

Jim Graham, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, which

represents workers at the Lordstown plant, said the supplier is in the process of clearing out the burned building. Graham predicted it might begin producing headliners sometime next week, though he couldn’t be certain.

“It’s an hour-by-hour thing,” Graham said.

A statement from GM’s corporate headquarters said employee wages would be handled according to the company’s agreement with the UAW.

Depending on when shipments resume, employees might receive temporary-layoff or short-workweek benefits, according to the statement.

GM spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter said a temporary layoff would occur if the plant shuts down for a week or more. A short workweek would occur if workers are unable to complete 40 hours in a week.

Production at six other GM plants also are impacted by the fire, according to the statement.

Those facilities are: the Arlington plant in Arlington, Texas; the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Mich.; the Lansing Delta Township plant in Lansing, Mich.; the Flint plant in Flint, Mich.; the Fort Wayne plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and the Oshawa Consolidated plant in Canada.

Magna Exteriors and Interiors did not return a call seeking comment.


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1snworb56(51 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Now they will continue to be paid for no production. And we wonder why GM went "belly-up"?? If I am wrong, please fill me in.

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2satoncat(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

GM went belly-up because the greedy want their money. Unions are losing the battle for the middle class and soon your kids will be taught by minimun wage workers..look at Wis. they have already started. And thx to this GM savior from the Government that sent over 65% of materials supplied over sea's..keep buying foriegn and see the middle class gone and see what happens...can you say rebelion ?

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

GM Lordstown is a jewel in the area . The rise and fall of their fortunes has a direct impact on all of us . Let's wish them a speedy return to production .

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4satoncat(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes Lordstown is a big factor in Youngstown and the area. I look around at the boarded up houses and the thousands for sale in the area....the longer that plant is down the bigger impact it will make thank-you

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5satoncat(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I also like the fact most people don't like unions,but i like being able to go to my job knowing that i don't have to worry if someone will walk up to me and say "sorry we don't need you any more buh bye" so all of you keep knocking them and go to your job and think if your the next in line

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6casper77(136 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

GM found out a long time ago that, if they didn't pay its workers for downtime,retooling ,inventory etc. they would have a huge turnover rate with people, they couldn't run the line. With an assembly line, you can't have such a large turnover,because it would cost more to retrain someone ,then it would be to just pay for the downtime. With thousands of people working the line ,it would take weeks, if not month, to get the line running at top rate again. That is not cost efficient. That is why it is cheaper to pay for the downtime then to risk losing people because of disruption

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

To bad !!! both for GM and their workers but also those who do not have any idea what they are talking about . They are just a bunch of cry babies who could not do the work or hold a job out there.

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