Building Trades concerned with the effects of losing Lordstown GM

Local News
Don Crane

Members of the local Building Trades say they have a lot at stake in the future of the Lordstown General Motors Complex.

Recently the Western Reserve Building Trades Council donated $5,000 to the valley’s “Drive It Home” campaign.

The local Millwright Union gave another $2,500.

Over the years, hundreds of Building Trades workers have worked at Lordstown as the plant went through different model change-overs, as well as major construction projects like the big paint shop.

“We’ll build some systems or some buildings where not each individual trade is used. The unique thing about the Lordstown plant is that each individual trade, all fourteen crafts are used in some aspect of that construction,” said Don Crane, of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Crane says the upcoming closing of the plant will leave a “big hole” to fill for the Building Trades as well as causing a ripple effect in the community as layoffs at the plant could mean fewer small construction projects for displaced GM employees.

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