Cruze celebrates 3rd birthday

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The three-year anniversary for the General Motors plant in Lordstown building the Chevrolet Cruze is Sunday.

Since then, they’ve built 818,000 Cruzes. The Cruze has consistently been a top seller for GM.

“I think GM has done a good job of listening to the customers,” said Bob Morales, the United Autoworker Local 1714 president. “Our UAW members have done a great job of assembling the product out there. It’s something that General Motors needed to win the public back and I think we’ve done a good job of that. Three years into this and we’re still breaking records as far as sales, and still being competitive out there in the market. And it speaks volumes.”

Some 15 million cars have been built at the plant since 1966, with about a third of those being the old Chevy Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires.

“That is an astronomical amount of cars,” said UAW Local 1112 president Glenn Johnson.

The road to 15 million cars wasn’t always smooth. Most will remember GM’s bankruptcy in 2009. Before than there were several times disputes between management and unions left some questioning the plant’s future.

Union leaders said the two sides operate at a different level now.

“We sit down, we talk, we get through it,” Johnson said. “And couldn’t be prouder of that relationship. And it has shown in GMs confidence in us to continue to add product to our plant.”

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