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Could GM Start Up Spring Hill Plant Soon?

Could GM Start Up Spring Hill Plant Soon?

CEO Says Automaker May Restart One Of Two Idled U.S. Plants

By Reported By Deanna Lambert
updated 8/12/2010 2:15:04 AM ET

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — The CEO of General Motors is giving hope to Spring Hill, Tenn. Comments he recently made indicate that the automaker might be considering reopening the idled plant.

Worker D.C. Campbell moved from Detroit to Spring Hill more than 20 years ago to work at the GM plant. He was laid off last year when the plant went idle.

“This is my home. This is it right now. That’s why I didn’t take any other transfers to any other plants, because I’m very positive that something will come here,” said Campbell.

Campbell is now hoping that new information that the plant could possibly reopen will actually become reality.

“We are doing everything we can do to get our members back to work here very quickly,” said Mike Herron, chairman of the UAW Local 1853.

Herron went to Detroit last week. He said speculation about Spring Hill reopening surfaced after the CEO of GM said last week that the automaker may restart one of its two idle U.S. plants.

The CEO declined to say where, but last year two plants were put on standby, one in Janesville, Wisc., and the other Spring Hill.

“Spring Hill, by far, is the plant that is ready to go the quickest. It has the newest equipment, and it has a work force that is trained and ready to build product,” said Mike Herron.

The plant manager in Spring Hill was unavailable to talk to Channel 4 on Wednesday but did issue the following statement:

"At the end of the day, it really comes down to what the market does and if more capacity is needed.”

But for laid off workers like Campbell, he’s ready for some good news.

“Get something back in here real quick. I’m ready to go,” said Campbell.

Campbell is one of 800 people laid off last year at the Spring Hill plant.

Benefits for many of those employees will be running out soon. Spring Hill’s mayor said he is optimistic that the plant could possibly reopen and bring jobs again soon.

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