Warren community rallies behind GM Lordstown plant with ‘Drive It Home’ campaign

Warren community rallies behind GM Lordstown plant with ‘Drive It Home’ campaign
The GM Lordstown Complex builds the Chevy Cruze. Production of that vehicle ends in March of 2019.

WARREN, OH (WOIO) - Hundreds gathered at a Warren City Council meeting Wednesday night as a resolution for unconditional support for Lordstown workers was passed.

Warren community rallies behind GM Lordstown plant with ‘Drive It Home’ campaign

The Drive It Home campaign will leave no stone unturned when it comes to keeping the plant open, and support came from everywhere--including one man who worked at Packard Electric,

“I worked for 34 and a half years. I retired from Packard In ’07. We support them, call them more or less like our sister Union,” he said.

The Lordstown GM plant is scheduled to close in the spring, with some 1,400 workers losing their jobs--many of them from the Warren area.

Local retirees are concerned too.

Marylola Stemple worked at Lordstown. “As a retiree, we still have to worry about our pension. We are OK now, but for how long?”

US Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman support Lordstown.

“The resolution was sent to the president, the senators, our board. We believe the president will do what he can, it’s not his fault. It’s GM’s,” said Daniel Polivka, a commissioner in Trumbell County.

To save Lordstown, the workers say it will take a bipartisan effort.

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