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Bidding war begins to secure GM small car production

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The bidding war to manufacture General Motors' new small car has begun.

The automaker is considering facilities in Orion Township, Michigan and Janesville, Wisconsin in addition to the assembly plant in Spring Hill.

News 2 has learned Wisconsin submitted its bid to build the car at the Janesville plant on Tuesday.  Local leaders, however, would not give details of the proposal.

In Michigan, supporters have started a Web site, MakeItInMichigan.org, to encourage the automaker to utilize the Orion Township plant for production of the small car.

Michigan's governor said she is determined to land the jobs.

Governor Jennifer Granholm told reporters Wednesday that the state is "being as aggressive as we have ever been" to land the roughly 1,200 jobs that would come with producing small cars for the automaker.

Supporters in Spring Hill have also launched a Web site, SaveOurPlant.com, to encourage the automaker to bring the small car production to Tennessee.

Tennessee learned last week GM wants hundreds of millions of dollars from the state up front to bring production to the Spring Hill plant.

The governor has said this is not a year the state can "spare" a couple hundred million dollars.

"This is for them right now," Governor Bredesen said last week.  "[It's] all about frontend money."

GM is expected to announce its choice of plants by the end of June or early July.

All three facilities are scheduled to go on standby later this year, or are already closed.

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