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Spring Hill GM decision could come any day


SPRING HILL, Tenn. - As a decision about their future looms, the nearly 3,000 employees at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill are planning for the worst but hoping for the best.

"Like everyone else, we are always on the Internet, trying to find out anything we can, trying to find stories about what is going to happen next," Charlie McMahon told News 2 Monday while checking on benefits at the United Auto Workers headquarters for the Spring Hill plant.

Spring Hill is one of three plants in the running to build a new, smaller GM car.

The plant currently builds the Chevy Traverse but will become idle in November when production of the crossover vehicle moves to one of GM's plants in Michigan.

Two other GM plants are also in the running to build the new small car, one in Orion Township, Michigan and one in Janesville, Wisconsin

If Spring Hill is not chosen, it will likely close.

"My wife and I discuss it every day, I have a son in school here and it's going really well, he really enjoys it and we want him to finish that high school," said McMahon, who is the Suggestion Plan Administrator at the Spring Hill plant.  "If something happens and there is a job offer somewhere else, do I stay here and do I go and get like a room or something, and commute back on weekends?  We are having those discussions."

McMahon began his GM career 33 years ago while teaching English by day and working the assembly line by night.

He, like many of his fellow workers, hasn't lost his sense of humor about the plant decision.

"It will definitely be done on a Friday, to ruin your weekend, someone's weekend will be ruined," he laughed slightly.

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

Earlier this month, Tennessee learned 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.

GM is expected to announce its choice of plants any day.

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