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LORDSTOWN, Ohio — General Motors plans to cut a shift at its Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio, an apparent reflection of the down market for passenger cars.
The automaker told employees Friday it would cut its second shift at the plant, according to The (Youngstown) Vindicator. The plant, about 15 miles northwest of Youngstown produces the Chevrolet Cruze sedan.
2018 sales of the Cruze were down more than 26% through March compared with the first quarter last year. The decline in sales of what has been a generally lauded vehicle for GM reflects a similar story for passenger cars across the industry, with consumers shifting their purchases toward trucks and SUVs.
The 6.2 million-square-foot plant employs about 3,000 workers, 2,700 of whom are hourly staff. It has produced more than 16 million vehicles since 1966, according to GM’s website.
Last year, the company cut the plant’s third shift.
It was not immediately clear how Friday’s announcement would affect staffing levels at the plant or in what time frame.
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