Governor Doyle: Statement of Governor Doyle on General Motors’ Decision to Retain Janesville Plant

Anne Lupardus, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

Governor Doyle today applauded General Motors Corporation (GM) on their decision to maintain operations at their plant in Janesville. Governor Doyle made the following statement:

“I am very pleased that General Motors will maintain production at their Janesville plant – GM’s oldest facility. They recognize what we have known all along – that every day, this plant and its more than 3,900 workers proudly serve GM with a tremendous level of productivity. For more than 80 years, these Wisconsin workers have put their hearts into producing a top quality product for GM – and that dedication is not going unnoticed.

“I have worked closely with GM to assist the company in expanding its facilities in Wisconsin because its operations are vitally important for thousands of families in Southcentral Wisconsin. We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with General Motors, and we look forward to continuing that relationship well into the future.”

In September 2003, Governor Doyle’s Administration provided a $1.5 million grant to support the establishment of a distribution center in Hudson. Over the past two years, Governor Doyle has announced a $10-million incentive package to provide training and assistance in support of GM’s $175-million investment in its Janesville plant to begin production of the GMT-900 series of sport-utility vehicles.

Last week, Governor Doyle sent a letter to Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of GM, to urge the company to remain committed to their production plant in Janesville.

Read Governor Doyle’s letter to Rick Wagoner: