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GM could reopen Spring Hill assembly line

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – In a tentative agreement between workers of the United Auto Workers and General Motors, an idled assembly line at the Spring Hill plant could soon be back in action, putting hundreds back to work.

The agreement was announced late Friday night, after the two sides have been negotiating a new contract.

The assembly line was shut down in 2009 after production of the Chevy Traverse was moved to a plant in Michigan.  That move put about 2,000 people out of work.

Residents in the community remember how devastating the shutdown was.

"I knew a lot of people who had worked there and that got laid off and were really, really worried about how they were going to make income for their family," Mt. Pleasant resident Amanda Mobbs told Nashville's News 2.

With talks of the assembly line reopening, things may finally be turning around for Spring Hill and the surrounding communities.

"I always thought that we should have used the plant and it's just good that they've made that decision now," Spring Hill Mayor Mike Dinwiddie said, adding, "That speaks volumes for this company [GM] and what they're trying to do to maintain their success.  I don't see how the company can survive long term without this plant coming back online."

The possibility of the assembly line reopening is also boosting a brighter economic outlook.

"As those employees move come into the plant, they can move into Spring Hill and that's going to benefit our community financially," Dinwiddie continued.

Residents are more than ready for the positive benefits.

"I'm all for anything that'll bring more jobs to the community," one resident said.

"I'm a homebuilder and I'd love to be able to get some more jobs down this area and create some profits and everything else for everybody else down here and get a lot of people back to work so I think its great news," Columbia resident Peder Jensen agreed.

UAW members still have to vote on the contract to make it final.  That could happen as early as next week.

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