GM Lordstown gearing up for 50th anniversary celebration

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – General Motors’ Lordstown Complex is gearing up for its 50th anniversary celebration.

On Tuesday, WYTV got a tour of the plant and a closer look at the new $50 million trim line installed to build the redesigned Chevy Cruze. It takes 20 hours for a Cruze to be built, starting from the time the body is stamped out until it’s started up and rolled off the line.

The new trim line was built with ergonomics in mind. The platforms that move down the line also go up and down to make it easier on the workers.

“That is something that’s different from a former trim shop. We were on trim trucks when we were building the D1, and this enables them to easily bend into the vehicle or reach components on the vehicle that otherwise was more difficult for them,” said Amy Carrier, a first shift trim leader.

About 1,000 cars are produced daily at the plant, which employs 4,700 people.

The first car built at the Lordstown assembly plant, a four-door Impala sport sedan, left the assembly line at 10 a.m. on April 28, 1966.

An open house in honor of GM Lordstown’s 50th anniversary is being held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 20 at the Lordstown assembly plant. First News will be broadcasting live at the plant throughout the day.

And, from noon to 4 p.m. May 21, a car show will be held at the Lordstown Complex East parking lot, just off of Hallock-Young Road.

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