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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

GM wants to spend $225M on upgrades but project would close Tenn. plant and lay off workers.
Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

General Motors Corp. will invest $225 million to upgrade the paint shop at its Saturn factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., to prepare for future vehicle production, the automaker said Monday.

The renovation, which would close the plant for several months, depends on securing an incentive package from Tennessee. The plant opened in 1990 when the Saturn brand was launched.

About 3,500 United Auto Workers union members and 230 salaried employees work at the Spring Hill plant, according to GM.

"This project is instrumental to GM's efforts to strengthen its core manufacturing capabilities in the United States," Tim Lee, GM vice president for manufacturing and labor relations, said in a statement.

Troy Clarke, president for GM North America, said last month that the company wasn't planning to shutter the Spring Hill plant.

GM said it has not decided when production would resume at Spring Hill or how long employees would be out of work once they are laid off in April.

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