"We're not backing down, we're going to fight the good fight to keep GM Lordstown here, to keep these families here."
3. Various people with signs holding rally near GM plant
4. Various plant exteriors (Partly cover Soundbite #5)
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tiffany Davis, Teacher:
"I have faith that Lordstown can rise again. I have fait that we will, that they'll come through for us. That family will matter. And our community will matter and they will, they will give us a product."
General Motors will end production this week at the first of five North American plants it wants to close by early next year as part of a companywide restructuring.
The last American-made Chevrolet Cruze will come off the assembly line Wednesday at GM's sprawling Ohio assembly plant near Youngstown, GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said Monday.
The plant closings come as the Detroit-based automaker moves toward shifting its focus to making trucks, SUVs and electric and autonomous vehicles.
The United Auto Workers has sued GM over the closings, which still must be negotiated with the union.
Ohio's political leaders along with union officials and workers are leading a campaign to save the Lordstown plant, but more than 300 already have transferred to other GM factories.
The plant employed more than 4,000 people just a few years ago, but it has been down to 1,400 hourly employees in recent months.
President Donald Trump blasted GM in November after it announced plans to shed up to 14,000 workers in North America. He singled out the Ohio plant as one he wants to stay open.
The Lordstown plant has been a focal point because of the president's pledge at a rally last year in nearby Youngstown, where he told people not to sell their houses because manufacturing jobs were coming back. Local residents held a rally outside of the plant on Tuesday.
GM targeted the plant because of flagging demand for the subcompact Cruz sedan, which still will be produced in Mexico.
Village and school officials in Lordstown hope GM will give the factory another product to put people back to work.
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