GM Supplier Comprehensive Logistics to Shut Down

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – General Motors Co.’s decision late last month to close its Lordstown manufacturing complex has taken another plant down with it, a union official said Wednesday.

Source Providers Inc., a division of Comprehensive Logistics that performs sequencing and some component assembly for the Chevrolet Cruze, will cease operations as GM winds down production of the vehicle at Lordstown, said Jose Arroyo, a representative for the United Steelworkers union.

“We’re extremely disappointed in GM,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said a notice was posted at the Comprehensive Logistics’ plant on Victoria Road in Austintown on Wednesday, saying that the plant would close once GM finished work on the Cruze.

The notice did not provide a specific date on when the plant would close, he said. About 180 union members work at the site now.

“Three years ago, there were almost 600 workers here,” Arroyo said. However, as GM canceled the third and second shifts at Lordstown over the past two years, layoffs rippled across the plant’s supply chain, affecting workers at suppliers such as Comprehensive.

“When GM Lordstown reduces a shift, we have to reduce a shift,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said that the notice offered no specifics other than the plant would be “ceasing operations in tandem with Lordstown’s closure.”

GM announced Nov. 26 that it would discontinue production of the Cruze, the sole product manufactured at the Lordstown Complex. The plant is targeted for closure on March 1.

There are about 1,600 hourly and salaried employees remaining at GM’s Lordstown operation.

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