Tenn., Wis. ask GM to reopen factories
ted: Feb. 25, 2010
Tenn., Wis. ask GM to
BY TIM HIGGINS
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Tennessee and Wisconsin officials have
approached General Motors about incentives to
reopen assembly plants, according to a company
As part of a possible plan to increase its
production capacity, GM executives have
discussed ramping up work at plants that have
not been identified.
GM has stopped work at factories in Spring Hill,
Tenn., and Janesville, Wis. But unlike other
unwanted facilities, it did not jettison the
facilities in bankruptcy.
The automaker lacks sufficient capacity at its
Canadian factory to make enough Chevrolet
Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers to meet
demand. GM North America President Mark
Reuss also has hinted that the automaker could
be looking for a place to increase capacity for
future vehicles that GM anticipates "are going to
be really hot."
After recent comments by Reuss about wanting
to discuss the possibility of government
incentives, officials in Tennessee and Wisconsin
reached out to GM, Diana Tremblay, GM’s top
manufacturing executive, told the Free Press in
"They have come forward to us to tell us that
they want to meet with us," Tremblay told the
Free Press during an interview at GM’s
Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant.
"They are definitely interested in getting their
foot in the door," she said.