General Motors postponing slow down of production at Lordstown plant

A letter to the union said a previously announced slowdown of production has been "postponed indefinitely"

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Production will continue at its current speed at General Motors’ Lordstown Complex.

Two representatives of the UAW Local 1112 wrote that the leadership of the union has been in Detroit meeting with union officials of GM and that at this time the previously announced D-Rate has been postponed indefinitely.

The D stands for deceleration — or a slowing down of the line inside the GM Lordstown plant. The plan was that after the four-week shutdown during the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July, the line inside the plant would be slowed down — meaning fewer cars would be produced per hour.

The four-week shutdown is still on, but the line slow down scheduled for mid-July has been postponed. That should keep about 500 people working at GM Lordstown.

A GM spokesperson said the company does not comment on production schedules but said they are dependent on market demand.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. A shutdown is still planned, but production speed will continue as normal. WKBN regrets the error.  

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