GM invests $50 million in Chevy Cruze plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – General Motors says it is investing $50 million at the Lordstown plant that builds the popular Chevrolet Cruze.

The company said the investments, which include a new trim shop and press, are directed at the next generation of the Cruze compact sedan to be built at the Lordstown facility.

“That press there will enable us to do some tryouts, what they are called, while you are making the parts to make sure that those specifications are just right,” said Tom Mock, GM Lordstown communication director. “It is going to open up a good deal of space for us to where we are going to be able to do some work that we haven’t done before.”

Currently, parts have to be delivered off-site before problems can be found. Mock said new system will make the plant more efficient. Union leaders say the same will be true in assembly where the trim shop will receive an upgraded carrier system, which carries the vehicle through the shop.

“It creates job security and provides for our families and team members to let them know they are going to have a place to come to work every day,” said UAW Local 1112 President Glen Johnson.

The Cruze has become GM’s best-selling car since it was launched in September 2010.

The auto-workers union said it is buying the 1 millionth Cruze, which was built at Lordstown on April 10. The car will be raffled off to a plant employee with all ticket proceeds donated to local charities.

GM says it has invested approximately $250 million at Lordstown since 2009. The complex has built more than 15 million vehicles since opening in April 1966.

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