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Spring Hill GM workers wait to learn plant's fate


SPRING HILL, Tenn. - General Motors workers in Spring Hill are still waiting to learn the fate of their plant.

GM is in last minute negotiations to meet June 1 deadline to finish a major restructuring of the company or file for bankruptcy.

As many as 16 auto plants around the country are at stake.

Local union officials have warned workers at the Spring Hill plant they are vulnerable to closure.

Car manufacturing has been the lifeblood of Spring Hill for almost 20 years and many worry about what could happen to their city if the plant is closed.

"Maury County and Spring Hill wouldn't be what it was without the Saturn plant," said local business owner Danny Fitzgerald.

Speculation about what may happen to the plan and its thousands of workers has been the talk of the town for months.

"I'm worried because my Dad worked for Saturn since 1990, so he could not have a job soon," said Jeff Iwanciw.

Fitzgerald knows it will be rough for the workers, who are, "wondering where their next job is going to be, how much of a pay cut they'll have to take, if they're going to have insurance."

GM is already planning to shut down manufacturing of the Chevy Traverse, the car made in Spring Hill, for five weeks beginning June 8.

The company is also reportedly considering shifting production of the Traverse to its Lansing, Michigan plant, which currently builds three similar crossover vehicles.  

If the Spring Hill plant closes, Fitzgerald predicts many people would have to move north to find work.

Monday night, Congressman Jim Cooper said he thinks the former Saturn turned GM plant is in "good shape."

He said, "It's one of the newest auto plants in America or in the world.  The workers there are great.  We'll figure out this situation, but we need to keep these good jobs here in Tennessee."

A GM plant in New York and one in Michigan have already been chosen as two of the 16 plants that will close.

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