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GM decision to idle about 2,500 Tennessee workers

GM decision to idle about 2,500 Tennessee workers

Associated Press – June 25, 2009 8:25 PM ET

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A decision by General Motors to build its new small car in Michigan leaves about 2,500 employees at the company’s Spring Hill plant facing unemployment.

Cliff Goff, a longtime GM employee at Spring Hill, said he’s going to remain optimistic because the plant should be considered a valuable asset.

City Administrator Jim Smith said Thursday evening that the town is down but not out. He said the plant is extremely viable, and he anticipates cars will be made at the plant again.

Gov. Phil Bredesen’s spokeswoman, Lydia Lenker, said Thursday that their office had not been notified of GM’s decision.

The UAW will have a news conference Friday morning in Spring Hill to discuss the future of the plant.

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