California Autos Examiner

Saturday, January 24, 2009

As the Cobalt Turns: Second Shift In Jeopardy?

At one point last year, GM's Lordstown, Ohio was a total hero, cranking out Cobalts and Pontiac G5s as fast as possible. Heck, they even tacked on a third shift. Suddenly, oil prices shifted and the economy took a powder. The third shift is already gone and now the AP is reporting that shift number two might get the axe in April. According to the AP's source, workers at the plant have been told about the cuts and an official announcement could come as soon as Monday.

Manufacturers are grinding their factories' production down to a snail's pace or stopping all production outright as they try to negotiate an absolute horrid sales environment. As assembly plants slow, so will supplier facilities and the effects of that will continue to ripple outwards across the nation. Speak callously of the fate of U.S. autoworkers now and wait until their sorrows wash over you!

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