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Auction of Last Cruze Ends with Pipino’s $35K Bid

POLAND, Ohio — Mary Pipino is the proud new owner of the last Chevrolet Cruze manufactured at the General Motors Lordstown plant. Her high bid was announced last night at the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley Centennial Champions gala at the Lake Club.

The last Cruze was purchased by Ed Muransky and his family with the understanding that proceeds from an auction would be donated the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Bidding started April 15 at $5,000.

“The United Way and employees at the GM Lordstown plant have a strong history,” said Muransky when the auction was announced. “The employees have been dedicated donors and volunteers to the United Way cause for more than 50 years, and we wanted to honor that relationship by purchasing the last Chevy Cruze made by the hands of these men and women who so generously supported our community.”

The car was originally intended for shipment to a dealership in Florida. Sweeney Chevrolet facilitated the vehicle staying in the Mahoning Valley, its purchase by the Muransky family and subsequent auction to benefit United Way.

Pictured at top: The United Way’s Bob Hannon and Ed Muransky announce Mary Pipino as the high bidder for the last Cruze.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.