Last auto to roll off assembly line at Ohio GM plant

The final Chevrolet Cruze will roll off the assembly line in OH on Wednesday, pulling General Motors and the entire Detroit new-car industry out of the compact vehicle market in the process.

GM's Lordstown Plant comes in at 6.2 million square feet, and Flores said the automaker will keep it heated and maintained after it closes so it is ready in case it reopens. Long term disposition of the facility will be determined after the UAW-GM contract negotiations later this year.

UAW 1112 President Dave Green tells 21 News that the vehicle will go through quality control Thursday morning, before being shipped off to a local dealership.

The final Cruze began its journey through the plant late last week, signaling the final shifts for many workers, as it traveled first through the stamping plant, then through the remainder of the line.

Meanwhile, production of the Cruze sedan and hatchback will continue in Mexico, where the auto is made for markets outside the U.S.

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As for the potential future of the Lordstown plant, Reuss has said that the automaker is looking at a lot of different options and has said that it is not decided whether the OH plant would get a new vehicle, A.P. reports.

"We've got some history of that, to be honest", Reuss said.

Lordstown's history dates to 1966.

The jobs of almost 1,700 hourly workers will be eliminated when production ends Wednesday afternoon and a contingent of workers finish making replacement parts like hoods and fenders sometime this month.

The other plants slated to close this year are assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore.

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