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Spring Hill GM workers could be offered out-of-state jobs


SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Getting ready for an expected increased in demand for cars, General Motors is expanding operations and going to 24-hour shifts in several of its factories to boost production.

The move means thousands of job opportunities which will be offered first to GM workers at plants that have either shut down or idled, like the one in Spring Hill.

"This is a direct result of the improvement in the marketplace," said Local UAW Chairman Mike Herron.  "We feel pretty strong that it's going to open up some opportunities for our team members who would like to do something other than remain here in Spring Hill."

An estimated 2,400 jobs at plants in Kansas, Michigan and Indiana will need to be filled, along with 600 more jobs at parts factories.

GM under its contract with the United Auto Workers will reportedly pay to move auto workers from other cities like Spring Hill, but for many who have made their home in the Mid-State, the choice would be a difficult one.

"We have a lot of team members here who have no interest in that, a lot of people have kids grandkids and their roots are deeply committed to this area but there are some team members that we have also that are very interested in what their opportunities are," said Herron.

The Spring Hill plant is expected to shift into standby mode sometime in November.

The facility will cut down to around 800 workers who will build engines and parts.

Herron continues, "When the average person out there on the street starts feeling like they can spend money again and their jobs are secure and they're very positive about the outlook on the economy, then I think we're going to see the car industry improve."

Herron said that will bring new opportunities to Spring Hill.

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