August 15, 2002
Next-generation GM small cars to be built in Cavalier/Sunfire plant in Lordstown, Ohio
Detroit, Michigan – General Motors announced that its Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing complex will build the company’s next generation small passenger car. The company will invest more than U.S.$500 million into the Lordstown complex to renovate the assembly and stamping plants for the new product. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2004.
Lordstown Assembly currently builds the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire small cars. Lordstown Metal Center stamps sheet metal parts for Lordstown Assembly and several other assembly plants. The assembly plant currently employs 4,200 hourly and 300 salaried employees. The metal stamping plant currently employs 2360 hourly and 230 salaried employees. In the 2001 calendar year, Lordstown Assembly built nearly 324,000 vehicles (approximately 241,000 Chevrolet Cavaliers and 83,000 Pontiac Sunfires).
“GM’s investment in Lordstown signifies that GM will continue to aggressively compete in the very important, small car segment,” said Gary Cowger, president of GM North America. Among his many positions at GM, Cowger was a plant manager at Lordstown Assembly in the mid 1980’s. “GM’s next generation small cars are being developed with world-class quality, exciting styling and great value for customers.”
With this investment, GM will reconfigure and retool the assembly plant’s general assembly area, retool the plant’s body shop and construct a new state-of-art paint shop. In addition, GM will refurbish its metal stamping plant at the Lordstown complex.