Forecasts call for growth, but few jobs

By Justin Dennis

jdennis@vindy.com

LORDSTOWN

General Motors carried the Mahoning Valley after steel failed, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill told The Vindicator in 2014.

Without its Lordstown General Motors Assembly Complex, the village “would have been a ghost town,” he said.

That story was published at the height of the Chevrolet Cruze’s domestic sales, when the company was celebrating 50 years since the plant’s groundbreaking and the plant itself sustained about 4,000 jobs.

With the plant’s future now in limbo, analysts and economic development experts are taking a new look at the future of industry in the Mahoning Valley.

And they aren’t seeing many new jobs.

VALLEY’S ‘LEGACY’

A Cleveland State University study released March 6 – the day

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