State vying to reopen GM plant
Tennessee officials have approached General Motors about offering incentives to reopen the Spring Hill assembly plant, a Detroit newspaper reported.
Diana Tremblay, GM’s top manufacturing executive, told the Detroit Free Press Wisconsin officials have also contacted the company about reopening a closed plant in Janesville, Wis.
“They are definitely wanting to get their foot in the door,” Tremblay told the newspaper about the response from Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Tennessee Rep. Ty Cobb, whose district includes the Spring Hill plant, said discussions have never ceased between GM and Tennessee. The Columbia Democrat said he could not comment about what specific incentives the state might be willing to offer.
“We think the future is bright for this plant and its workforce,” Cobb said. “We will continue to work day and night to get the plant back open and running with a product.”
Calls made to the Tennessee governor’s office and the office of economic and community development were not returned Thursday.
GM officials recently indicated they were interested in increasing production by reopening a shuttered plant. They alluded to the Spring Hill plant but did not identify which factory might be reopened.
Production of the Chevrolet Traverse at the Spring Hill plant ceased in November. The crossover vehicle is now being manufactured at the Delta Township plant in Michigan.
Spring Hill competed against the Janesville plant and a factory in Lake Orion Township, Mich., this past summer for a new small car. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen commented shortly before the car was awarded to Michigan that GM wanted incentives totaling more than $200 million, an amount the state was not willing to provide.
The Free Press reported that Michigan leaders pledged $1 billion in incentives to keep the Orion Township plant and its 1,200 jobs.
Story created Feb 26, 2010 – 15:55:16 EST.