Thur. 1:47 p.m.: GM adds more downtime at Lordstown

LORDSTOWN – Three more weeks of downtime have been scheduled for workers at the General Motors Assembly Complex.

The weeks of Sept. 11 and 25, and Oct. 2 have been added to the downtime schedule at the Lordstown plant. The move is needed to align production of the Chevrolet Cruze with a market shift from smaller cars to larger vehicles, according to a notice from United Auto Workers Local 1714. The union, along with UAW Local 1112, represents workers at the local plant.

Earlier this year, GM announced the automaker would rollback Cruze production to cut its bloated inventory.

The plant was down for three weeks in March and during a scheduled two-week vacation period at the end of June. The plant also shut down for three weeks in July.

Lordstown has been running on two shifts since January, when than 800 jobs were cut with the elimination of the facility’s third shift.

Also, UAW Local 1714 told workers Thursday that vehicle production in general assembly for Sept. 8 has been canceled because of a supplier issue.