Penske to reduce Lordstown operations

LORDSTOWN — Another business is looking at potential layoffs in the wake of recent cutbacks at the local General Motors Assembly Plant.

Penske Vehicle Services Inc., in a mass layoff notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, said it will no longer provide General Motors “with certain fleet / transportation services, and will permanently reduce operations” at its 1829 Hallock Road site, effective April 1.

The move is “Due to the unexpected loss of a fair market bid,” the letter, dated Monday, states. The company said the local site has approximately two workers.

Attempts to reach Penske’s corporate office were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Other companies have announced cutbacks since early November when GM announced the elimination of the local plant’s third shift — resulting in more than 1,000 job cuts — because of a change in consumer demand from small cars, like the Lordstown-made Chevrolet Cruze, to bigger vehicles.

Lordstown Seating Systems, which provides seating for the Cruze, announced the Jan. 20 end of its third shift, causing permanent layoffs for 83 full-time hourly and salaried employees and 32 more temporary workers at the company’s Henn Parkway SW facility.

A notice from that company said the layoffs would happen no later than today.

Comprehensive Logistics, a hauling company on Victoria Road in Austintown, expected to start laying people off Jan. 23, according to a mass layoff notice the business filed with the state. It is unclear how many people the company employs or whether the layoffs are connected to GM’s downsizing at Lordstown.