WARREN, Ohio — Residents of Lordstown and Warren were dealt another blow this month when a company that makes seats for the automotive industry announced it will lay off 120 employees in the first quarter of 2019.
On Dec. 14, Magna set a letter to the Ohio Office of Workforce Development regarding the layoff, citing the closing of the Lordstown GM plant as the catalyst for its decision.
“Should General Motors allocate a future product to Lordstown Assembly, we would hope to be selected as the seat supplier, which may allow us to recall a significant number of employees,” Jennifer Darnell, Magna’s human resources manager wrote in the letter.
The layoffs are expected to last longer than six months.
The letter came with a dire warning about the future for residents in the Lordstown and Warren area.
“If a future product is not allocated by General Motors and/or we are not selected as the seat supplier for the future product, these layoffs should be considered permanent,” Darnell wrote.
Magna Seating Systems is located just 2 miles from the troubled GM plant.
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