JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- In 2008, the Janesville community was devastated by the loss of the General Motors plant, but five years later officials and former workers say they're on the right track.
When the plant stopped production on December 23, 2008, 1,200 people lost their jobs. The city's biggest business for 80 years was gone. 3,000 auto-related jobs were lost throughout that year.
Former city manager Jay Winzenz, who now acts as director of administrative services, says it was a time of uncertainty for many of the unemployed and for Janesville.
The city worked with the state and local business leaders to put together an incentive package to bring GM back to Janesville, but efforts failed and the company re-opened a different idle plant.
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