The fifty year anniversary celebration of the GM Lordstown plant is coming this weekend.  

The modern Lordstown plant of today produces more than 400 vehicles per shift.

So how did it get here?  

Glenn Johnson, President of United Auto Workers Local 11-12 says It all started in 1966 when the first Chevrolet Impala rolled off the line. "We built Impalas from 1966 to 1970, but in the interim we also injected Pontiac Firebirds in 68 and 69," Johnson said.

In late 1970 GM answered the challenge of small foreign imports with the Chevy Vega, of which GM built nearly 2-million. 1977 brought the next change.

"After the Vega was Chevy Monza and actually we built all five of those car lines for GM.  We built the Buick version, the Oldsmobile version, Pontiac version, Cadillac version, and the Chevrolet version, said Johnson.  After the Monza run Lordstown was ready for another production shift.

"After that we went to Cavalier and Pontiac Sunbird, and we built 4-point-5 million Cavaliers," Johnson recalls.

The Union President shared another little known fact. "We actually built right hand drive Toyotas that were a copy of a Cavalier and exported them to Japan," Johnson said.

In 2005 the Cobalt came to Lordstown and lasted five years. In 2010 Lordstown began preparations to build the new compact Chevrolet Cruze and this year it celebrated the launch of the next generation 2016 Cruze.

Also a part of the Lordstown product history is the Chevrolet Van.  The van assembly plant was located next  to the car assembly plant and it produced more than 1.9 million vans before GM closed the plant and moved production to Flint, Michigan.

After fifty years and more than fifteen million vehicles, the Lordstown assembly line is still rolling.