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GM Lordstown to mark 50th anniversary

It was heralded as the biggest manufacturing plant in Ohio

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GM Lordstown complex marks 50th anniversary of groundbreaking Monday


Tom Koroni considers himself blessed.

The General Motors retiree moved to Warren 48 years ago for one main reason: to work at the newly opened GM Lordstown plant.

β€œIt was an education and a half,” he said.

Koroni, 76, still lives in Warren. He still drives a Chevrolet Impala and he still sees the impact the plant has had on his life and on the Mahoning Valley.

β€œ[Without it] this place would be a ghost town,” Koroni said.

On Monday, GM Lordstown will celebrate the 50th ground-breaking anniversary at the plant.


The first announcement of GM Lordstown came in February 1956. At the time the plan for Lordstown was to adjoin two plants: Fisher Body and Chevrolet. It would be the largest manufacturing plant in Ohio, according to The Vindicator archives.

Read the full story and a time line of developments at GM Lordstown on Monday in The Vindicator and on