Aug. 21, 2008: General Motors Co. announces it will invest more than $500 million in the U.S. to build the Chevrolet Cruze in Lordstown.
Sept. 15, 2009: President Barack Obama visits General Motors’ Lordstown plant.
Feb. 23, 2010: Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, announces a third shift at Lordstown.
Sept. 8, 2010: The Cruze launches.
April 7, 2011: GM recalls 2,100 Cruzes to inspect for an improperly fastened steering wheel after discovering one vehicle with the defect.
May 1, 2011: The Cruze has its best month to date. GM sells 25,160 Cruzes.
June 1, 2011: GM sells 22,711 Cruzes in May and becomes the first American-made vehicle to lead the compact-car category in five years.
July 1, 2011: Cruze becomes best-selling car in America in June, topping the Toyota Camry, after GM sells 24,896 of the Lordstown-built vehicles.
July 22, 2011: GM announces diesel model of Cruze to be built at an undetermined location starting in 2013.
July 28, 2011: Nearly 9,000 attend the first open house at the Lordstown plant since 1986.
Sept. 29, 2011: Lordstown workers ratify GM-UAW contract; 1112 President Jim Graham hints at future Lordstown investments.
Oct. 20, 2011: GM announces $5.5 million investment in Lordstown to build the diesel Cruze.