Monday, August 3, 2009
Lordstown, Ohio, hangs its hopes on the new Chevy Cruze
Lordstown struggles to avoid Youngstown's fate, pins its livelihood on GM plant
Story and photos by Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News
When the Lordstown General Motors Co. plant reopens today after an extended summer shutdown, about 2,600 fewer employees will be reporting to work than a year ago.
Those who still have a job are thankful but have been battered by a tumultuous year that began with high hopes when GM selected the Lordstown plant for a new product -- the Chevy Cruze -- then quickly spiraled down as GM floundered amid the national economic meltdown and declared bankruptcy on June 1.