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University helping displaced GM workers

JANVESVILLE (WREX) -- With the impending closure of the Janesville General Motors Plant, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is stepping up to help workers losing their jobs.

  U-W Whitewater and Forward Janesville have formed a partnership to offer services and support to the workers and small businesses that will feel the affects of the plant's closure.

  The partnership includes a new satellite office of UW-Whitewater's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Janesville.

  The goal of the office is to spark small business growth in the area.

  An event to highlight the services that will be offered at the center is scheduled for Thursday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Janesville.

  Meanwhile, a report in the Janesville Gazette says GM plans to build trucks at the Janesville plant through November 17.

  Earlier this year, GM said slow truck sales would mean 10 weeks of non-production at the Janesville plant during the final weeks of the year.

  GM plans to close the Janesville plant by 2010.

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