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No Party in Janesville For GM's 100th Birthday

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A centennial celebration in Detroit falls flat in Janesville.

General Motors celebrated it's 100th anniversary Tuesday.  Workers in Janesville barely took notice, as their plant is scheduled to close in 2010.

In Detroit, GM put on a world-class celebration, piping in company officials via satellite from around the world.  The focus was on operations in other countries.

GM says none of its events involved the janesville plant. Outside the plant today, stood a single member of the carpenters union holding a sign wishing GM a happy birthday, and imploring it to retool the plant.

"The entire economy of Wisconsin has a lot to do with GM being down here in Janesville and we're all Wisconsin Badgers here in the state and as Wisconsin Badgers we just can't help but to dig into work," explained Steve Books, from Mount Horeb.

Government and union officials are trying to persuade GM to keep the plant open, but cannot release any details of how those discussions are going.

GM says world-wide its business has grown by ten percent over the past ten years.

In fact it's growing everywhere, except the US, where business has dropped by sixteen percent during that same time.

Tuesday GM mentioned it hopes to turn around its situation in the US with new lines of is Chevy and Cadillac brands.

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