Wisconsin Submits Bid To Get GM To Reopen Plant

Proposal to revive General Motors’ closed Janesville, Wisc., factory is competing with Tennessee and Michigan for location to make GM’s new small car.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle personally submitted Wisconsin's proposal Tuesday to General Motors Corp. to reopen its Janesville factory.

Wisconsin is competing with two other states to land a plant to make GM's new small car.

No details about the state's proposal will be released because of the nature of the negotiations, said Zach Brandon, executive assistant at the state Commerce Department.

Doyle's communications director Carol Andrews confirmed that Doyle presented the bid but declined to comment further. GM spokeswoman Sherrie Arb wouldn't confirm who took part.

GM has already closed its Janesville factory while its factories in Orion Township, Mich., and Spring Hill, Tenn., will go on standby later this year.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has expressed doubt whether his state can afford the hundreds of millions of dollars GM apparently wants to bring new production to the Spring Hill plant.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she is determined to land the GM jobs producing up to 160,000 small cars a year.

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