GM invests $5.5M for 2013 Chevy Cruze at Lordstown

The Youngstown Vindicator

Co. has renewed its commitment to the Mahoning Valley, this time with a $5.5 million investment to build the diesel Chevrolet Cruze.

GM on Thursday announced that the Lordstown plant has been awarded the rights to build the diesel Cruze, a product announced earlier this year.

“We’ve been trying to get a new investment for some time,” United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Jim Graham said. “And the driving force behind these new products is our membership. This brings us added job security.”

The Lordstown plant will start offline work on the diesel Cruze sometime next month and run validation tests next year.

Sales of the diesel Cruze are

expected to start in 2013, said GM Lordstown spokesman Tom Mock.

“We’re real excited,” said UAW Local 1714 President Dave Green. “It’s going to give our customers another choice.”

Both Green and Graham said that all details of the investment — including additional jobs — have not been announced by the automaker but should come out over time.

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