LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sporting a new look, more safety features and better fuel economy, the 2016 Chevy Cruze is creating a lot of excitement for the employees working at General Motor’s assembly plant in Lordstown.
Several local United Auto Workers representatives and plant workers were at Wednesday night’s 2016 Cruze reveal in Detroit. They all said they like the new look of the 2016 model and all the advancements General Motors has made to not only the design, but the fuel economy as well.
“The excitement is there. I know that the membership is excited for the fact that it gives us some type of future,” UAW Local 1714 President Robert Morales said.
Lordstown plant manager Steve Notar Donato said the new Cruze should be available in the spring of 2016.
“This is their future and this is our future and the entire Mahoning Valley where the Lordstown plant is located is excited about this project,” Notar Donato said.
“Oh, I love it. I love it. I just, first time I have seen it, it’s got everything, all the bells and whistles of a higher vehicle and its performance is going to be great,” UAW Local 1714 Vice President Sherry Gaunt said.
Union representatives said their members were anxious to see where GM was heading with the next-generation Cruze, especially after a multi-million dollar investment at the plant to get it ready to support the new model.
“It will secure our members and their families’ job security for the foreseeable future and continue to be an economic driver in the Valley that we always are,” UAW Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson.
“Our plants have been there for about 50 years. 2016 is our 50th year and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with a brand new model. We are going to build on the success of the 2015, ramp into 2016 and hope for another 50 years of success in Lordstown,” Notar Donato said.