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Lawmaker hopeful Janesville plant will stay open

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state lawmaker says he's still hopeful the General Motors plant in Janesville will get a new product line and stay open.

  GM announced Monday it will stop producing sport utility vehicles at the plant on Dec. 23, a move that will affect some 1,200 workers.

  Thirty-five to 50 workers will stay on to continue building light trucks for Isuzu until May or June. Then the plant will close.

  State Rep. Mike Sheridan, a Janesville Democrat and former plant union representative, says in a statement GM is still considering whether to bring a line of small cars to the facility.

  GM spokesman Chris Lee says those discussions continue but have no bearing on the decision to end the SUV line.

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