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GM confirms Michigan new site for small car production


DETROIT (WKOW) -- General Motors officials confirmed Friday afternoon it will use two facilities in Michigan to build small and compact cars, leaving Janesville and a location in Spring Hill, Tennessee to remain empty.

GM said the decision is dependent on the outcome of negotiations between the company and the state on incentives.

GM wants to use an idled plant in Orion Township and a parts stamping facility in Pontiac for the new models. The move is expected to save 1,400 jobs and produce 160,000 vehicles annually.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- One day after a source tipped off the Associated Press, General Motors is expected to officially announce their decision to build the next-generation small car in Michigan, not Wisconsin or Tennessee.

We first told you about the breaking news Thursday afternoon here on our web channel. A source who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said the winning plant is the one in Orion Township, about 40 miles north of Detroit.

The source said GM's official announcement will come Friday.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle said this month the state offered GM a package of incentives to reopen the Janesville plant, which was the oldest in the GM family and which shut down last Christmas, ending production on large SUVs and cutting 1,200 jobs.

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