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GM to Make Announcement about Lordstown Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — General Motors Co. has summoned all 3,000 workers at its manufacturing complex here to a meeting at 3 p.m. at which time future operations of the plant are expected to be discussed.

There is no indication what the automaker will tell workers.

According to Lordstown Village Mayor Arno Hill, speculation is rampant. Hill says he has not heard from GM officials but he remains confident.

Last week Chevrolet unveiled updates to the Lordstown-built Cruze, including new stylings and several new safety features. The 2019 Cruze will arrive in dealerships later this year.

“Cruze is a cornerstone of Chevrolet’s car strategy, bringing new customers to the brand,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for cars and crossovers, in a release. “In fact, 53% of Cruze customers in 2017 were new to Chevrolet. Cruze has been so successful at attracting new buyers to Chevy because its lineup offers something for every customer, from body style to fuel choice to trim and design.

In addition to the new front fascia coming to all Cruze models, the car’s Premier trim will feature LED accent lighting on the rear end. A new color, Umber, will also be available, as will new wheel designs.

Nationwide, sales of all cars have been slipping, including the Cruze. In March, the model’s sales fell 13.4% to 16,122. Last year, 184,751 Cruzes were sold nationwide, down from the 2014 peak of 273,060.

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