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Ohio workers stay positive despite GM’s troubles

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ohio workers stay positive despite GM’s troubles

Associated Press

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — General Motors Corp. is moving ahead with the installation of 840 robots worth $350 million at its Lordstown plant despite talk of a potential bankruptcy filing.

The investment comes ahead of next year’s scheduled start of production on the Chevrolet Cruze. It’s small compared with the billions of dollars that would be lost if GM failed, but local union leaders say the project gives workers a reason for hope.

Dave Green is president of a union local for about 1,100 workers at the plant. He says he refuses to give up hope for a brighter future there.

GM says auditors have raised serious doubts about the company’s ability to continue operating. The company said Friday an out-of-court restructuring is its best option.

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