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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Through partnerships with other regional economic development groups, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has compiled a list of employment opportunities for workers laid off at General Motors Lordstown Assembly, Magna Seating and Comprehensive Logistics.

The list, distributed to management at the three companies for them to provide to workers, includes manufacturing, warehouse distribution, assistant controller, human resources and information systems positions at companies “that are hiring and willing to offer work opportunities to displaced workers”.

“It has all of those positions, but it leans more toward manufacturing and warehouse distribution,” said Nick Santucci, director of education and workforce development for the chamber. “The idea was to have folks who live in our county and maybe commute to other markets. We were intent about getting companies on the list that serve northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.”

Working the chamber on the list were the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Greater Akron Chamber, Medina County Economic Development Corp., Shenago Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

“We were pleased to support the highly skilled workforce of the Youngstown-Warren area and surrounding markets by working to reemploy the workers,” said Reichard Rebadow, vice president of the Greater Akron Chamber, in a release. “We’re in constant communication with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, so we were able to act quickly to present employment opportunities in the Akron area in an effort to meet the workforce demands of our regional business community.”

GM announced the elimination of the assembly’s third shift in late 2016 and, in April, it was announced the plant would also be losing its second shift, effective June 22. About 1,500 workers are expected to be affected by the layoffs. Last week, it was reported that nearly 600 workers had accepted buyouts.

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