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Community worries about GM plant shutdown

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Uncertainty remains following last week's announcement that the General Motors plant in Spring Hill will extend its downtime for the holidays by more than a month due to the current market conditions.

Retired GM worker Ben McFarlane now owns Embers Tavern & Grille in Columbia.

"There is just uncertainty throughout the entire community right now," he told News 2 Monday.  "GM has been an uncertain place to work since the day I was hired and it has been a tumultuous work life. It always has been."

The Spring Hill plant normally shuts down during the holiday season but GM recently announced it would extend the holiday shut down period an addition month, to February 9.

"I think everybody is a little scared, you know," said Gale Sanders, a GM technical trainer who knows now is not the time to be out of work.  "You watch the news every day and there are thousands of people laid off right now."

"When there is fear in the job place people tend not to spend, so Christmas is going to probably be down quite a bit. People are going to be staying home I would imagine. People just have a real uncertain future and they don't know what is going to happen," McFarlane said.

GM workers feed the Embers Tavern & Grille a lot of business and McFarlane knows what the plant workers are going through.

He said he will do what he can to help out.

"We have a lot of patrons who come in here from the plant and we just try to keep everybody informed and hopefully keep our spirits up," McFarlane added.

The Spring Hill plant makes the Chevy Traverse.  About two-thirds of the plant's 3,481 employees are involved in production.

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