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GM builds last Cruze at Lordstown factory

by Justin King

The factory will be kept in a 'state of readiness' through the next round of union negotiations.

The last Chevrolet Cruze has rolled off the assembly plant at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant near Youngstown, Ohio.

The 6.2-million-square-foot factory was listed in GM's December notice of planned plant closures for 2019, putting an end to production after more than five decades.

The Cruze has been built in Lordstown since 2011. Buyers have since continued to gravitate toward SUVs and pickups, however, providing little incentive for GM to keep building unprofitable cars in US factories.

The company also plans to end Cruze production in Mexico, though the Ramos Arizpe plant was retooled to build the Blazer. The Cruze will now be built solely in China and South America.

Lordstown will wind down operations through the rest of the year, continuing to build replacement parts for several months. It will then be put into a "state of readiness" as GM and UAW officials negotiate the next union contract.

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