UPDATE: Gut-wrenching day as Ohio GM plant closes

Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 8:03 PM EST
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It is the end of an era for a major Michigan automaker.

General Motors is saying goodbye to one of its vehicles.

The very last Chevy Cruze is expected to come off the line at the Lordstown Ohio plant on Wednesday.

All of the plant's remaining 1400 workers clocked in on Monday but at the end of the week it will close for good.

Kim Clark-Baldwin, a worker at the plant said, "The last car went past me, well it's on another line and it gets to me tomorrow but it was really sad. A little quiet, a little eerie quiet. It's sad."

GM has said nearly all of the blue collar workers affected by the plant closure have jobs waiting for them at other GM plants.

However, many of those new jobs will require the workers to uproot their families and lives and move to a new state or city.

On Wednesday, a union leader in Ohio says it's a gut-wrenching day for auto workers at a General Motors plant where production is being stopped after more than 50 years.

GM plans to shut down the plant as well as four others in North America by early next year.

What's not known is whether the plant in Ohio will ever reopen.

The closings still need to be negotiated with the union, and the 1,700 hourly workers still at the Ohio plant are hoping they'll get a new vehicle to build.

Union leader Dave Green says he walked through the plant Wednesday and saw workers crying and emotional over their last day.

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