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GM Agrees To Bring 2 Vehicles, 1700 Jobs To Spring Hill

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors will once again have vehicles rolling off an assembly line in Spring Hill. The company announced it would re-start its idled plant there, two years after laying off nearly 2,000 workers.

A new four-year contract deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. will add or keep 6,400 jobs in the U.S. with a $2.5 billion investment, the union said Tuesday.

The new deal will bring the production of two mid-sized cars back to the Spring Hill assembly plant, according to a release issued by the UAW.
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GM will invest $61 million for upgrades to build the first vehicle, which will create 600 new jobs. Investment for the other vehicle will cost $358 million and create an additional 1,110 jobs.

The work now slated for Spring Hill was originally planned for Mexico.

Spring Hill's mayor said it will be a some time before GM has workers back on the assembly line at the Maury County plant.

"The first vehicle, which is about 600 jobs, will be here next year. In 2013 there will be 1,100 more with the second vehicle," Mayor Michael Dinwiddie explained.

Employees who were previously laid off could be rehired. Many hope those who had to move with the company, can now come home.

"Certain ones that have gone to Lansing, Fairfax, Arlington, I would really like to have them back," said employee Neil Munro.

Over the last few years, more than 1,000 people have lost their jobs when car production stopped at the Spring Hill plant.

It uprooted families who had to choose between staying here in Tennessee or face unemployment.

After emerging from bankruptcy, GM is now in the black.

One woman said creating new jobs is the least the company can do.

"They've had really good profits. But they wouldn't have had that if there wasn't a lot of sacrifices from a lot of people. They kind of owe it to the country," said Della Bodine, whose husband works for GM.

UAW members in Spring Hill will vote on the new contract on Friday.

The plant was left on standby when production of the Chevy Traverse was moved to Lansing, Michigan nearly two years ago.

Last year, General Motors President Mark Reuss announced that 483 idled workers were being recalled to build four-cylinder engines in Spring Hill along with an investment of $483 million. The engines have been slated for use in several of the automaker's cars and crossover vehicles.

In June, GM said it would add additional capacity at the plant to build engines for its 2013 Malibu sedan. It will invest $32 million and create or retain 63 jobs there.

It was not clear if GM planned to hire new employees or bring back idled workers.

Other factories scheduled to get new work under the new GM/UAW deal include:

  • Wentzville, Mo.: Gets additional shift plus a midsize pickup truck. A $380 million investment and 1,850 new jobs.
  • Warren, Mich.: Transmission plant near Detroit gets new transmission. A $325 million investment and 360 new jobs.
  • Romulus, Mich.: Engine plant near Detroit gets $385 million investment and 285 jobs.
  • Saginaw, Mich: Casting plant gets $215 million investment and 255 jobs.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.: Truck assembly plant gets next-generation pickups, with a $230 million investment and 150 jobs created or retained.

In addition, GM will build a new compact car at a factory that's yet to be determined. It will create more than 500 jobs with a $150 million investment.

The summary of the deal said GM's assembly plant in Shreveport, La., will close as scheduled, while a plant in Janesville, Wis., will remain idled.

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