Governor Doyle: Urges GM to Remain Committed to Janesville Plant

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

Expresses Continued Commitment to Protecting Good Paying Jobs

Governor Jim Doyle sent a letter today to Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation (GM), to urge the company to remain committed to their production plant in Janesville, which is responsible for more than 3,300 jobs. Recent reports in the Detroit Free Press have speculated that the plant could be considered for closure as the company continues to face growing financial hardships.

“During my tenure as Governor, I have worked closely with GM to assist the company in expanding its facilities in Wisconsin,” Governor Doyle said. “In providing state assistance to GM, I understood that we were making a long-term investment in the continued presence of GM in Wisconsin. This plant and its more than 3,300 workers have proudly served GM for more than 80 years with a high level of productivity. It is vitally important for thousands of families in South-central Wisconsin.”

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.

“Our state has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with General Motors Corporation,” Governor Doyle said. “We look forward to continuing that relationship.”