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GM workers return to Spring Hill plant

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Several hundred people returned to work Monday at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

"People are excited, glad to be back to work," said Tim Standard with the UAW Local 1853.  "Everybody wants to be working, they want to do a good job and we want to sell as many vehicles as we can."

The plant temporarily suspended production two weeks ago because of slow sales.

It is the second time in recent months the plant has temporarily shut down.

Employees were off for six weeks beginning in December, leaving about 2,000 workers temporarily out of a job and local businesses with fewer customers.      

The GM plant is Spring Hill's largest employer and many local businesses depend on it to stay afloat.

"This plant plays a very important role in our economy," Spring Hill Alderman Mike Dinwiddie told News 2.  "A lot of local businesses rely on employees who work there for their business and the city relies on the sales tax from those businesses."

The Spring Hill facility is one of the newest in the General Motors Company.

Nearly $1 billion was spent re-tooling the plant, which can build any GM vehicle, except the Hummer.

"It makes this facility in a good position as we go into the future because we can build anything," said Mike Herron with the UAW Local 1853.  "It's got us well positioned here."

Spring Hill workers produce the new Chevrolet Traverse, a brand and model GM does not plan on phasing out of its roster.

UAW leaders say it's too soon to tell if the plant will suspend production again in the near future.

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