After a sales spike for the Chevy Cobalt last spring that saw General Motors add a third shift to its Lordstown, OH assembly plant in an attempt to keep up with demand, the plant is now set to drop to a single shift. The sales meltdown that came in the fall caused GM to first slow down the line rate and then cut the third shift late in the year. With no improvement in sales expected anytime soon, the layoff notices for the second shift will likely come soon and be effective in April. The plant has already been on extended shutdown for all of January and inventories remain high. The bad economy is hammering sales in every segment right now. Later this year the plant will be re-tooled to start building the new Chevy Cruze next spring.

[Source: Detroit News]

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