Tennessee Offered GM $20 Million In Bid For Plant

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen said the state's offer to General Motors to build its new small car at the Spring Hill plant was a $20 million incentive package, and it obviously was not enough.

But the governor said in Bristol that GM executives have told him that as the industry rebounds and they start producing more cars they are going to need to expand capacity. Bredesen says he is "confident Spring Hill will be on their short list."

GM picked an idled midsize car plant in Orion Township, about 40 miles north of Detroit, to assemble small and compact cars, leaving the future of about 2,500 employees at Spring Hill plant uncertain.

The Kingsport-Times News reported that the governor said Tuesday that Tennessee's incentive package was mostly education and training dollars.

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