Relocation fair for Tennessee GM workers headed to Delta ‘an overwhelming success’

December 18, 2009

Relocation fair for Tennessee GM workers headed to Delta ‘an overwhelming success’

Barbara Wieland
bwieland@lsj.com

A relocation fair in Spring Hill, Tenn., for General Motors Co. workers transferring to the Lansing area drew about 500 people.

The Thursday event was aimed at the 425 GM workers who will start working at the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant as early as Jan. 11, 2010. They are moving to the area after the Detroit carmaker shut down the Spring Hill operation as it transfers production of the Chevrolet Traverse crossover to the Delta plant.

GM is adding a third shift at the Delta plant that will be made up of 900 to 1,000 workers.

Under pressure to make the move quickly, the relocation fair connected the transferring workers and their families with real estate agents, movers and other companies that want to help them make the transition to Michigan.

The move is expected to cost an average of $3,000 to $5,000 per family, not including the added expense of finding a new place to live.

The fair "is an overwhelming success," said Jack Cobb, a worker at the Spring Hill plant. "At one point, we had people lined up waiting to get in."

Approximately 30 vendors had information tables set up at the event, including Delhi Township-based Two Men and a Truck International Inc., Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood Hubbell Real Estate Co. in Delta Township and Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, a Saginaw company with a Lansing office.

Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood sent three people to the event, including relocation director Denise Maurer. Vice President Bill MacLeod said she told him the event had gone better than she had hoped, with several people telling her they planned to buy houses in Michigan.

"The one thing that surprised her was that it was more emotional than what she expected," MacLeod said. "A lot of these people are being uprooted in order to keep a job. A lot of them are going to have split families for awhile, with one person in Michigan and the other still in Tennessee."

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