Ohio GM workers finding work after plant closure

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Richard Wray was working on a machine at City Machine Technologies. He had just passed a 90-day job review with excellent performance marks.

Wray calls it a, “Very good atmosphere, a lot of knowledge being passed down from the people here already.”

Wray was hired at GM Lordstown when the Cruze started, but he was laid-off with the 3rd shift in 2017 and again with the 2nd shift last year. Now with the final shift being eliminated in a month and other connected companies laying off workers, the regional chamber has developed a list with over 100 companies looking to hire.

Lauren Johnson of the Regional Chamber says, “Our goal is to keep those employees here. We want them to continue to live and work in the Mahoning Valley and in the region. so we want them to be aware of those opportunities.”

Johnson updated Mahoning County Commissioners on the Regional Chamber’s efforts. When the list was being put together, City Machine Technologies made sure it was included, because it knew the workers losing their jobs related to GM Lordstown had valuable skills.

Michael Kovach of City Machine Technologies says, “There they have skills, mechanical skills, electrical skills that certainly we can use.”

City Machine has also hired six workers since being featured on jobs-now. It’s a weekly visual job listing on first news, showing you open positions and explaining the qualifications. The Regional Chamber recommends any displaced worker use both features to get re-hired.

Wray says, “There’s always work out there if you look for it. it does help greatly for guys and girls still looking for work.”

Kovach adds, “We appreciate the efforts you’ve done with jobs now and that sort of thing. We have to show the people of this area that there are jobs out there. Don’t think gloom and doom, the economy is very robust for us right now.”

GM shares increased in early trading as a result of stronger-than-expected outlook and earnings.

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