Economic Development

Chambers List Available Jobs for Displaced GM Workers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is partnering with the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Greater Akron Chamber, Medina County Economic Development Corp. and the Shenango Valley and Lawrence County chambers in Pennsylvania to build a list of companies that are willing to offer work opportunities to displaced workers from General Motors Lordstown, Magna Seating and Comprehensive Logistics.

This list, comprising companies in both states, will be distributed to those employees who may be looking for employment and can fill available positions.

“In an effort to keep individuals living and working in the area, we realize the importance of marketing employment opportunities to displaced workers at General Motors and supplier companies,” says Marcy Angelo, the chamber’s manager of business development and workforce initiative.

Angelo says the list is just a sampling of employment opportunities in the region and also includes education and training programs offered in the region.

“It’s important for us to work together,” said Alex McCoy, CEO of the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This is an issue for more than just one community. The state line that separates our chambers means nothing to workers who cross it daily.”

When GM announced the elimination of the Lordstown Complex’s third shift in late 2016, followed by the elimination of the second shift in mid-2018, the chamber provided a list of employment opportunities to GM’s administrative and union leadership to distribute to displaced workers.

Through feedback from companies on that list and individuals who took advantage of applying for those available opportunities, the chamber learned that many of the GM workers did secure new positions and remained in the workforce, according to Angelo..

The list may be accessed at www.regionalchamber.com/economicdevelopment/edworkforce/jobsnow. For additional information, call Angelo at 330 509 2420.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.