GM worker’s dream ends as Lordstown plant ceases production; future of factory uncertain

Updated: Mar. 6, 2019 at 7:06 PM EST
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WARREN, OH (WOIO) - John Davies Jr. said it was his dream since he was a little boy to work for General Motors.

“My mom has the thing before she passed away, she brought it out for my wife to see...a report I had to write when they ask you what you want to be when you grow up. Everyone was saying doctors, fireman, police, things like that. I wanted to work at the car plant here in Lordstown,” said Davies.

As of today, that dream has come to an end, at least at the Lordstown plant.

Davies watched as the Chevy Cruze rolled down the assembly line.

“At the plant today, it was hard, it was emotional--especially in front of my kids,” he said.

Davies is one of close to 1,400 GM workers that are now trying to figure out how they’ll make a living.

Local 1112 president, Dave Green, said he remains hopeful that another product may still come to this Lordstown plant.

“I don’t see a for sale sign up there. I know that our future, our fate is going to rest at the bargaining table. The International UAW, our vice president--Terry Davis is going to sit down with the corporation this year, and they are going to work out a deal,” said Green.

GM hasn’t announced what they will do with the plant. In the meantime, workers like Davies are preparing for a possible transfer to another plant, but for him, that is going to mean leaving his family behind.

"My wife and kids aren't going to go with me. I made that decision a few weeks ago," said Davies as he started to tear up.

The plant won’t completely close after today. Some workers will stay on to make spare parts for the Chevy Cruze for the next several weeks.

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