GM Employees Pray at Plant Site Following Announcement of Layoffs
More than 100 people gathered outside of General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio, plant Thursday to pray following GM’s announcement that the company will no longer make vehicles at that site. They called it a “vigil of hope.”
Last week, GM said assembly plants at Lordstown, Detroit and Ontario will be “unallocated” in 2019. It also said the propulsion plants in White Marsh, Maryland and Warren, Michigan will be unallocated, meaning there are no plans to build anything at those locations, reported FOX 8 News in Cleveland. The five plant closures mean that almost 15,000 people will be laid off.
The Lordstown plant is the “home” of the Chevy Cruze, a car that will no longer be produced. “Everybody’s very downhearted,” said Mayor Arno Hill. “They know they’re making a great product. … [T]hey also realize that the car is not selling. And, you know, the key is to get another product for this plant.”
On Thursday, people stood around the flag pole at the plant and prayed for those who could lose their jobs. They also prayed for wisdom for GM’s leaders.
A prayer vigil is held outside the General Motors plant in Lordstown Ohio. General Motors has announced it will close the plant in the end of 2019 affecting 1500 employees. #10tv #gm #lordstown pic.twitter.com/3FiCQyTDF6
— Kevin Landers (@Kevin10TV) November 29, 2018
The plant’s chaplain, Norman Perry, told FOX 8 News that the employees are trying to stay positive. “They just want to work right now and get through this, you know? And Christmas is coming, they just want to enjoy Christmas. This is a time when we should be lifted up. That’s what we’re trying to do, just lift spirits here, and that’s what this is all about.”
Please pray for those affected by the closures, that they would have peace and hope, knowing that God will provide for their needs.