GM to build Chevy Equinox in Spring Hill - WKRN News 2

GM to build Chevy Equinox in Spring Hill

Posted: Updated: Nov 21, 2011 3:14 PM CST

General Motors announced Monday it will begin building its Chevy Equinox at its plant in Spring Hill, restarting production at the plant idled two years ago.

The announcement will bring nearly 2,000 jobs to Maury County over the next few years.

GM will invest $61 million in what it's calling Phase I to build the mid-sized Equinox, creating 685 jobs.  Of those, 594 will be hourly jobs and 91 salaried positions.

Production at the plant 35 miles south of Nashville is expected to begin in the second half of next year.

Phase II includes a $183 million investment to build a second mid-sized vehicle for the 2015 model year.

The investment will create more than 1,200 jobs although details were incomplete.

LaDonna Johnson is just one of the many workers laid off from GM.

She told Nashville's News 2 she is thrilled the plant will begin production soon.

"This is a good day for Tennessee and for Spring Hill," she said, adding, "I have chosen not to go to another plant. I wanted to wait here until our product was announced. I always had faith the plants was going to be up and running."

Worker Willie Gates was forced to transfer and leave his family behind and take another job in Michigan when he was laid off in 2009.

"For us to be separated and placed in different places has been very trying," he said.

Gates said he is hopeful the announcement means he can soon come back to his home in Tennessee.      

Nashville's News 2 has learned around 64 workers have already been called back to help maintenance get ready to bring in the production line.

GM was forced to lay off more than 2,000 workers at its Spring Hill plant in 2009 after a shutdown of the line that built its Chevy Traverse.

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