GM Lordstown invites public into plant for 50th anniversary

This is the first time in five years that the GM Lordstown complex has allowed people inside to see its operations

The General Motors Lordstown Complex opens its doors to the public for its 50th anniversary.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – In honor of the General Motors Lordstown Complex’s 50th anniversary, the plant opened its doors to the public for tours on Friday.

This is the first time in five years that the GM Lordstown plant has allowed people inside to see its operations.

“With the machines they have here, the people, it’s just amazing how quickly and how well it works,” said Glenn Korenko of Concord, Ohio.

Sitting on 965 acres of land, the entire plant is about six million square feet.

Not everyone was seeing the complex for the first time, however. Marianne Ruby Lewis, of Niles, was here 50 years ago when the plant first opened.

“I met a young man in this group and he said, ‘Would you like to take the tour with me?'”

She is excited to be able to visit again.

“To do something I did so long ago, and to be able to do it again and see the comparisons.”

Guests had the chance to see the process of making a car on the assembly line, which usually takes 20 hours.

Jennifer Branson retired from the plant in 2003. Originally from California, she was transferred to Lordstown where she worked on the assembly line.

“They have a lot more robots now and it’s a lot more environmentally, ergonomically better for the worker,” she said.

The Lordstown plant will be hosting a car show on Saturday starting at noon. All the proceeds will benefit three local veteran’s charities.

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