Lordstown GM Employees brace for unemployment as plant closure looms

Lordstown GM Employees brace for unemployment as plant closure looms

LORDSTOWN, OH (WOIO) - Anyone affected by the halt in production scheduled for March at the Lordstown General Motors plant, was invited to an open house at Local 1112 headquarters in Warren.

Lordstown GM employees prepare for unemployment

The open house was designed to offer workers information about the services that will be available to them when they become unemployed.

“It’s disappointing to me. I’m very hurt. I don’t know what to actually feel,” said Crystal Carpenter, a GM employee for the past 23 years.

GM announced in November that the plant would be “unallocated,” along with four other plants in the U.S. and Canada.

"I'm not exactly young, more middle-aged, and I thought that I would be able to retire," added Carpenter.

Now, Carpenter is trying to figure out what comes next. She has plenty of company. About 1500 employees are still working at GM’s Lordstown Plant.

Dave Green is the Local 1112 President. He says, right now, there is a lot of uncertainty about what will actually happen.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster ride. The fact that General Motors isn’t committing to anything. They don’t know that the plant is closing. They don’t know that the plant is going to get another product. So, the unallocated status has created more emotional anxiety for people than if they had just announced one specific thing,” said Green.

Carpenter says she’s just relieved that her kids are grown up now.

Still, she's trying to figure out how she will make a living. The financial strain is difficult.

“You don’t know whether to save. You don’t know what to do, but I try to take my every day life - you know as life comes. I’m not going to just stop and stand still and say, ‘you know what, I’m going to stop living.’ I just take it one day at a time,” said Carpenter.

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