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Source: Xilla Valentine / No Kable Productions

After 50 years of producing cars and other vehicles a GM plant by Youngstown, OH ends production.

This was announced by GM last year, and another three plants in the U.S and Canada that they would close. A move like this will eliminate approx 1,700 hourly positions by this months end.

A final decision on the 6.2 million square foot plant’s future is expected to be made during upcoming contract talks with the United Auto Workers that begin this summer.

According to the union, they claimed in a recent federal lawsuit that its existing contract prohibits GM from idling plants. UAW 1112 President Dave Green has urged workers to remain hopeful, saying their fate will ultimately be decided at the bargaining table.

Green said he too walk around the plant during the final shift Wednesday, according to NBC News.

“It’s gut-wrenching. People were crying, they’re frustrated and they feel like they’ve done everything right,” he said.