State Grant will Help Janesville GM Plant

Governor Jim Doyle visited the General Motors plant in Janesville today.
And he brought a little gift with him – $5.4 million.

The money is a state grant that will help train workers for a new assembly line at the plant.

GM announced plans earlier this year to eliminate 25,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2008. The Janesville plant could be a target because it's one of the oldest GM plants in the country.

But Governor Doyle says the state will do everything in its power to keep the plant open. "We're telling GM that we're committed to the men and women that work here and that we are going to help in the training to give the kind of job skills so people can earn good livings."

GM is also celebrating its sweet 16. The 16 millionth vehicle has rolled off the line at the Janesville plant since it opened back in 1923.

Governor Doyle assured the company of his support. With the $5.4 million grant, the state's investment in GM has reached $10 million over the past two years.

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