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.