General Motors will be investing a total of $220 million for the retooling of equipment to build the next generation of Chevrolet Cruze in two of the plants right here in our own valley. This will help GM retain more than 5,000 jobs at the Lordstown and Parma facilities.
GM Lordstown with the support from the metal center in Parma has built over 500,000 Cruzes since September of 2010. GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones had this to say: "Thanks to Northeast Ohio's supportive business climate, we're able to build on a great foundation and steer the Chevrolet Cruze to the next generation. A special thanks to Governor John Kasich and his team at Jobs Ohio for their strong leadership and advocacy for GM and our employees.
The production timing of the next generation Cruze isn't available yet, but Jones said the new model will offer a total overhaul of the car, further improving on the fuel economy (that's already 43 MPG Highway).
Preliminary work to begin clearing the body shop at Lordstown has already begun.
What great news for the Mahoning Valley! If you haven't already, stop in and see the product of the hard work of UAW local 1714, 1112 and 1005 at Sweeney Chevrolet at 8010 Market Street or give us a call at 330-SWEENEY.