GM gets new plant manager

LORDSTOWN – The former plant manager at the General Motors stamping plant in Marion, Ind., was promoted to plant manager at the Lordstown Complex, the company announced.

Steve Notar Donato has taken over for former local plant manager Bob Parcell, who was promoted last month to manufacturing manager of GM International Operations based in Singapore.

The company said Notar Donato has more than 27 years service with GM. He began his career as a college graduate in training and progressed through multiple assignments of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and labor relations.

Notar Donato has worked at multiple GM facilities, including Flint Stamping, Lansing Stamping, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., Orion Assembly, Parma Metal Center, Wentzville Assembly and Marion.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.

The Lordstown complex includes an assembly plant, where the Chevy Cruze is made, a paint shop and a metal fabrication plant that stamps parts for several General Motors models made in North America.

About 4,500 employees work at the complex, which last year churned out 282,863 Cruzes, and the plant is on pace to produce even more of the small car this year. In April, the plant marked manufacture of its millionth Cruze.

Cruze remains GM’s second-best selling vehicle in North America, behind only the Chevy Silverado pickup truck.

In his new position, Parcell, former local plant manager, now oversees 13 manufacturing facilities and more than 13,000 employees. Parcell started his career in the automotive industry in 1979 and has managed the Lordstown plant since 2010.