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GM reconsidering fate of Janesville plant

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- There is a lot of optimism in Janesville today, after receiving word GM could reopen one of its idle plants to produce new fuel efficient cars, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce development.

Monday, GM announced the Janesville Assembly Plant is one of three plants it is considering reopening. The other two plants are in Orion, Michigan and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Also on Monday, Governor Jim Doyle stated "I spoke with GM executives over the weekend and have learned the plant at Janesville will not be sold as a part of the bankruptcy, meaning that we do have hope and can compete for jobs manufacturing cars."

Last year the governor started a task force with the goal of convincing GM to reopen production at the Janesville plant.

"Everything we have been fighting for over the past year is to get us to this point. We are in a positive position, and we are going to compete very aggressively for everything moving forward," said Doyle.

Although the Janesville plant ended production of its SUV line on December 23, it has never been officially "shut down." Instead the plant is considered "idling." However, recently all the equipment in the plant was sold off.

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