While the Drive it Home campaign hopes to convince General Motors to stay in the Mahoning Valley, there is also an effort to find those workers new jobs.
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is concerned about what is happening and its potential economic impact across the Mahoning Valley.
Along with the jobs lost at GM Lordstown, others are losing their jobs at Magna Seating and Comprehensive Logistics.
Richard Wray was working on a machine Thursday at City Machine Technologies. He had just passed a 90-day job review with excellent performance marks.
Wray was hired at GM Lordstown when production on the Cruze started. He was laid-off with the third shift in 2017 and again with the second shift last year.
Now, with the final shift being eliminated in a month, the Regional Chamber has developed a list with over 100 companies looking to hire.
“Our goal is to keep those employees here. We want them to continue to live and work in the Mahoning Valley and in the region, so we want them to be aware of those opportunities,” said Lauren Johnson, manager of business development at the Regional Chamber.
Thursday, Johnson updated Mahoning County Commissioners on the Regional Chamber’s efforts.
When the list was being put together, City Machine Technologies made sure it was included, because it knew the workers losing their jobs related to GM Lordstown had valuable skills.
“They have skills — mechanical skills, electrical skills — that certainly we can use,” said Michael Kovach, president and CEO of City Machine Technologies.
City Machine has also hired six workers since being featured on WKBN’s JobsNow.
The Regional Chamber recommends any displaced worker use both features to get rehired.
“There’s always work out there if you look for it,” Wray said. “It does help greatly for guys and girls still looking for work.”
There are at least 110 companies offering employment as well as training opportunities.
For more information, view the full list here.