JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Autoworkers in Janesville are skeptical about the local General Motors plant reopening after the company's chief executive said it was considering bringing a "standby" factory back on line to meet increased demand.
Former United Auto Works Local 95 shop chairman John Dohner says odds are on GM's Spring Hill, Tenn. plant where about 1,000 employees still build engines. Two-thousand employees there were laid off after the assembly line was closed last year. Dohner tells WCLO radio that GM has already "decimated" the workforce in Janesville. Dohner and other GM Janesville employees have transferred to other plants.
GM CEO Ed Whitacre said Thursday the automaker is looking to start up an idled factory, but gave no specifics. The company's two plants on "standby" are Janesville and Spring Hill.