GM temporarily shut down Lordstown plant image

General Motors, on Monday afternoon has suspended the production at an Ohio plant that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car due to a supplier issue.

General Motors Co. Lordstown and union officials say the plant’s temporary shutdown will be re-evaluated on a “day-to-day” basis.

Dave Green, president of 1,450-member Local 1714 of the Lordstown West Metal Center, said it’s unclear if the complex will be idled “for a couple of days or a couple of weeks.

Tom Mock, Lordstown spokesman, said the plant hiatus, which officially began with the third shift Monday night, is because of “material provided by a supplier … that could impact customer satisfaction with our products.
Over 4,000 employees work the lines.

UAW Local 1714 president Dave Green said his workers will receive a short paycheck for this week.

“They’ll probably be filing for unemployment, but it’s again too early to determine,” said Green. “I don’t know if we’re going to be out next week or not.”

In a release GM detailed the following impacts to worker shifts:

For December 12th, first shift production team members shift length will be determined. Second shift team members are to report at their regularly scheduled time for an anticipated abbreviated shift with shift length to be determined.
At this time, third shift scheduled for Monday night/Tuesday (December 12/13) and subsequent shifts are postponed.
Skilled trades employees are to continue reporting at their regularly scheduled shifts.