CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - General Motors announced Monday plans to close five U.S. and Canadian plants in 2019, including the Lordstown assembly plant in Warren.
In addition to the plant closures, approximately 14,700 jobs will be slashed as an effort to improve business performance.
“The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”
By closing the five plants, which also include facilities in Canada, two in Michigan, and a propulsion plant in Maryland, GM is expected to increase automotive free-flow cash by $6 billion annually by 2020.
Ohio’s politicians weighed in on the news.
According to GM, the 6.2 million-square-foot facility that opened in 1966 has over 1,600 hourly and salaried employees on one shift.