Look who wants to protect a GM plant

April 10, 2009

Look who wants to protect a GM plant

Corker wants to save jobs

BY TODD SPANGLER
FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a leading critic of the domestic auto industry’s management during congressional debate last year who tried to force UAW pay cuts, now is fighting like a Michigan Democrat to keep a General Motors plant open in his home state.

Over the last few weeks, Corker — in a news release, in interviews and in a column in the Tennessean newspaper — has argued that in a fair fight, the GM Spring Hill plant, which makes the popular midsize Chevrolet Traverse SUV, would be a survivor.

Industry experts, though, said it is vulnerable to closure — because it’s farther from suppliers than another plant that could turn out the Traverse.

Corker’s concern, he told the Free Press this week, is that decisions on plant closings — as GM cuts deeper to meet the Obama administration’s mandate for more government help — will be based more on politics than what’s best for the company.

Of his home state plant, Corker said, "If the decision is made absent of politics, it has a good chance of staying open."

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