Arlene Oswald, a cook at Ross’ Eatery & Pub, works late to feed third-shift employees near Lordstown, Ohio.

Photographs by: Daniel Shea for Bloomberg Businessweek

Arlene Oswald, a cook at Ross’ Eatery & Pub, works late to feed third-shift employees near Lordstown, Ohio.

Photographs by: Daniel Shea for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Return of the Third Shift

Order Up
Order Up

Arlene Oswald, a cook at Ross’ Eatery & Pub, works late to feed third-shift employees near Lordstown, Ohio.

Photographs by: Daniel Shea for Bloomberg Businessweek

Late-Night Pit Stop
Late-Night Pit Stop
Mike Rhodes, a work-family representative at GM’s auto manufacturing complex in Lordstown, Ohio, stops at the gas station before his third shift.
Anatomy of a Compact
Anatomy of a Compact
Inside the Chevy Cruze factory, Lordstown, Ohio.
Waiting for Quiet Time
Waiting for Quiet Time

Aaron Bohr’s family runs the Barrel of Monkeys child-care center, where workers’ kids can stay overnight.

Sleepover
Sleepover

Barrel of Monkeys child-care center, where workers’ kids can stay overnight.

Down the Line
Down the Line

Floyd Bradley Jr., a hood-and-door fitter at the GM plant, inspects sedans rolling off the line during the wee hours.

Now Inspecting
Now Inspecting

Third-shifter Teresa Thomas checks car underbellies at GM’s Lordstown complex.

Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Pain

Venus Walker says working the third shift allows her to attend her children’s school functions.

Quittin’ Time
Quittin’ Time

The end of the third shift, in the parking lot of the Chevy Cruze factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

The Rooster Crows
The Rooster Crows

Bobbi Marsh’s neighborhood in the early morning, close to the GM plant.

After-Work Car Pool
After-Work Car Pool

Bobbi Marsh took her son to school—after getting off work.

Happy Hour
Happy Hour

This eatery is open until 1 a.m. to serve shift workers. It opens again early in the morning to feed workers returning home from their shifts.