GM execs' comments spark hope in Spring Hill - WKRN News 2

GM execs' comments spark hope in Spring Hill

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The General Motors plant in Spring Hill is in line to begin production of another vehicle, according to comments made by executives at this week's Auto Show in Detroit.

GM's new North America President Mark Reuss told reporters that the automaker cannot keep up with demand for certain models, and if it continues, GM will consider Spring Hill to increase production.

The Chevrolet Equinox and Buick LaCrosse have sold particularly well in recent months.

A salesman at Carl Black Chevrolet in Nashville told News 2 "Good luck if you can find one of those [the Equinox].  We sell them as fast as they come on the lot."

Since the GM plants that make that those cars are at full capacity, GM would have to start production at one of its idled plants.

"We monitor market demand on a regular basis and adjust our production accordingly," said GM Spokesperson Chris Lee.  "We've got nothing specific to announce at this time, but plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee and Janesville, Wisconsin are on standby capacity and are the plants designated if we need to add capacity."

Chairman of the local United Autoworkers Union Mike Herron is encouraged by the comments. "It's good news for Spring Hill," he said, "in terms of us even being mentioned.  It's far from a formal announcement, so I'm not excited about anything yet.  We are enthusiastic to hear the Spring Hill site favorably mentioned in terms of the things happening at the Auto Show."

Spring Hill Mayor Mike Dinwiddie told News 2 if a new product comes to the GM plant the town would "see 3,000 to 4,000 employees and their families move into town."

"The effect would be tremendous," he continued.  "We'd see an economic growth like we did seven or eight years ago.  It would spark that all over again."

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