GM Employee Wins Millionth Cruze Made Here

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Six months after it rolled off the assembly line at General Motor Co.'s Lordstown Complex, the millionth Cruze will finally hit the streets of the Mahoning Valley.

Since the car was produced, the plant has been selling raffle tickets to all members of locals 1112 and 1714 of the United Auto Workers union as well as retirees of the 50-year-old manufacturing complex. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, drew the name of Sharon Frey, a chassis employee at the factory, as the winner of the car.

Frey was absent, but “Word will travel fast,” Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson said with a laugh.

“It's huge. It's a piece of our history. Any time you sell a million cars in four years, that's just an astronomical amount of cars. It speaks volumes to the workforce and the quality work they do every day of their lives,” Johnson said. “Once we built the millionth car, we just knew there was nothing better to do than to keep it local to value the sentiment [of that car].”

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