SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Maury County is requesting federal funds to deal with an influx of unemployed workers when the General Motors plant in Spring Hill is idled later this year.
The automaker announced last week that a new small car would be built in Michigan, not the Middle Tennessee plant that is slated to suspend operations in November.
While officials hope the plant will find a new product before then, the county is in the process of applying for a federal emergency grant that will go to prepare the local career center for an increased demand.
Jan McKeel, director of the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, said they are also planning to open a satellite career center on GM property.
In May, 12% of county residents were unemployed. Economic development officials say unemployment could exceed 20% when the plant is idled.