GM Commits Next-Gen Chevrolet Cruze to Ohio Plants
Lordstown and Parma get $220 million investment and retain more than
DETROIT – General Motors will invest $220 million for tooling and
equipment to build the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in two
northeast Ohio plants retaining more than 5,000 jobs at facilities in
Lordstown and Parma.
The Lordstown Complex, with support from the metal center in the
Cleveland suburb of Parma, has built more than 500,000 of Chevrolet's
top-selling compact passenger sedan since production began in
September 2010. More than 1.6 million Cruzes have been built globally
"Thanks to northeast Ohio's supportive business climate, we're
able to build on a great foundation and steer the Chevrolet Cruze into
the next generation." GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones said.
"A special thanks goes to Governor John Kasich and his team at
Jobs Ohio for their strong leadership and advocacy for GM and our
GM has invested more than $7.3 billion in its U.S. facilities since
Production timing of the next-generation Cruze will be announced
later. But Jones said the new model will offer new exterior and
interior styling, improved fuel economy and an improved interior
compartment and more storage space. Preliminary work to clear space in
the body shop at Lordstown has begun.
The 2012 Cruze is among the best-selling compacts in the United States
and was named "America's Best Compact Car for the Money" by
U.S. News and World Report.
In a joint statement, UAW Local 1112 Shop Chairman Ben Strickland and
UAW Local 1714 Shop Chairman Will Adams credited the Lordstown Team.
"The men and women of Lordstown are working hard to keep the
Cruze a top-quality small car choice. The next-generation of the Cruze
is well earned and we are thrilled to be assigned work that will keep
good-paying next generation UAW jobs in the state of Ohio for years to
The Lordstown complex has built more than 14.6 million cars in the 46
years since it opened in April 1966.
In 2011, the Parma Metal Center shipped about 60 million parts and
processed more than 1,000 tons of steel a day to serve the majority of
GM vehicle lines produced in North America. Parma has more than 1,400
dies and can produce up to 100 million parts a year.
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