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Friday marks end to the second shift

Cruze production dropping to one shift in Lordstown

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After today the sprawling General Motors Complex in Lordstown which once boasted a workforce of 4,500 men and women will only have a fraction of that number.

This is the last day of the plant's second shift, which GM says it is eliminating because sales of the Chevy Cruze made there have declined.

Citing shifting consumer demand to trucks and crossovers, GM announced it would cut the second shift earlier this year.

The elimination of the shift comes little more than a year after GM dropped the third shift in Lordstown, forcing more than 1,200 workers to either transfer or look for new jobs.

GM estimated that the latest downsizing would eliminate another 1,500 jobs. That was before 600 UAW members opted for retirement or accepted a buyout package.

The cuts trickle down to other local businesses that supply parts and other services to production at GM. Jobs are also being lost at Magna Seating and Comprehensive Logistics.

To help the displaced workers find new jobs the chamber of commerce has assembled a list of 65 area companies interested in hiring.

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