Spring Hill residents worry, wait for GM news - WKRN News 2

Spring Hill residents worry, wait for GM news

Posted: Updated: May 26, 2009 04:30 PM CDT

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Residents in Spring Hill on Tuesday are wondering what will happen if General Motors decides to close its assembly plant in the Maury County town.

GM faces a June 1 bankruptcy deadline from the federal government and is expected to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Spring Hill plant could be among the plants closed by the auto giant.

A shutdown will be certainly be felt by every Spring Hill family, not just those employed by the plant.

Cara Meyer teaches second grade and said the plant's closure would affect "everything."

She also worries about her house, her property and her friends.

"Living just two miles from the plant myself, I worry about property taxes, the value of my home going down," she said.  "We have two close friends that are employed there.  It'd be a huge loss for us if they lost their jobs and had to leave the community."
At the Old School Cafe, the discussion at many tables on Tuesday was about the possibility of the plant closing and how the town would fare.

Galen Pierce, who lived in Spring Hill before the plant came to town in the 1980s, isn't as concerned as some others.

"I think it's a great time to be in Spring Hill, to live here, with or without GM," he told News 2.  "It wouldn't be as devastating as it would have been several years ago.  Now we've got enough of a base from other areas that it wouldn't be the tragedy it would have been earlier."

The GM plant in Spring Hill employs around 2,500 people.

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