photo of Lordstown GM

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 13:

photo of TJX HomeGoods warehouse

Lordstown’s employment picture could be changing in the next several years, as two large employers in the village face shifting futures.

photo of Lordstown GM

GM’s Lordstown plant is down to one shift starting tomorrow, as the plant faces a downturn in demand for the once-best-selling Chevy Cruze

Lordstown lost its third shift last year, and earlier this year, GM said it was cutting about 1,200 workers on the second shift.

Lordstown Village Hall
Village of Lordstown web site

Lordstown Village Council voted Thursday to rezone several hundred acres of property from residential to commercial so a TJX Home Goods distribution center can be built there.  But that decision may be on hold pending a voter referendum. 

Opponents of the 1.2-million square foot complex say they’re circulating petitions to force the zoning issue to a vote.  That could have delayed a yes or no on Home Goods use of the site until November, perhaps making them go elsewhere.