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The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
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A month after the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at GM’s Lordstown plant, some laid off workers are moving away and businesses in the Mahoning Valley are feeling the effects.

Workers on the Honda assembly line in Marysville, Ohio.
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Honda is slowing down production of the Accord and Civic cars at its factory in Marysville as car buyers eye trucks and SUVs.

It was a frigid 15 degrees on the picket line along the railroad tracks in Wilmerding, Pa. More than 100 union members and activists chanted slogans of solidarity and in favor of a fair contract with Wabtec Corporation — a company that builds freight train locomotives. It turned out to be the final hours of a nine-day walkout by 1,700 workers.

Workers who were recently laid off from General Motors’ Lordstown plant likely will not be among those to benefit from the production of a new electric vehicle (at least not this year), according to GM spokeswoman Cheryl McCarron.

At Lima Rally, Trump Says Ohio Workers 'Better Love Me'

Mar 21, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks during the 2018 Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday brought his re-election campaign to Ohio — a state essential to his 2020 strategy — touring a military tank plant and telling many of its cheering workers: "You better love me. I kept this place open."

Trump also used the visit to criticize John McCain, saying the late senator "didn't get the job done for our great vets." He complained that McCain's family didn't thank him for giving the senator "the kind of funeral that he wanted." McCain died last year of brain cancer.

GM Responds To Trump's Lordstown Complaints

Mar 18, 2019
The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
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President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen the Lordstown manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.

By the time Goodyear was established in Akron in the 1890s, hundreds of rubber firms already called the city home.
Goodyear Tire And Rubber Co. Records / University Of Akron Library

Firestone Country Club, Goodyear Heights and the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks are among the many reminders that the rubber industry once dominated the eyes, ears and nose of almost every Akronite. 

The last Chevy Cruze rolled off the assembly line at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, Wednesday. Workers draped an American flag over the white, four-door sedan. Now, most of the more than 1,500 workers on the last remaining shift will be laid off.

It's down to the final days for the Chevy Cruze at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown.

"The last Cruze is scheduled to roll off the production line Wednesday, said Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112. "The plant's going to go on official unallocated status as of Friday."

Despite little apparent progress getting a new product for Lordstown, Green remains hopeful that the union might be able to win a new lease of life for the plant during upcoming contract negotiations with the company.

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General Motors will end production this week at the first of five North American plants it wants to close by early next year as part of a companywide restructuring.

Signs hang from windows at the UAW Local 1112 union hall, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Lordstown, Ohio.
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Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close by January are facing a painful choice: Take the company's offer to work at another factory — possibly hundreds of miles away — even if that means leaving behind their families, their homes and everything they've built. Or stay and risk losing their high-paying jobs.

Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he welcomes a lawsuit filed by the United Auto Workers that accuses General Motors of breach of contract for closing several factories, including its Lordstown assembly plant.

He said the impact of the planned closure is already rippling through the economy of the Mahoning Valley and making a bad situation worse.

“These suppliers are starting to shutter their doors too.  So I support what the UAW is trying to do, which is to get them to make good on their commitments and to keep production at that plant,” Portman said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks before signing his first executive action alongside his wife Fran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.
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President Trump told governors this week that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a false claim that he’s made several times before.

The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
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The United Auto Workers has sued General Motors to stop the company from closing three plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. According to the suit filed Tuesday, the union claims its current contract forbids the company from idling the plants.

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