GM could expand Tenn. operations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam’s office confirms that the state is in talks with General Motors to expand production at the automaker’s Tennessee plant.
The state’s economic development chief, Bill Hagerty, was in Detroit to meet with GM officials on Thursday, as were mayors representing communities surrounding the Spring Hill plant.
Haslam spokesman David Smith tells The Associated Press that the company’s primary concern about ramping up the Spring Hill plant is vehicle demand, rather than tax incentives from the state.
More than 2,000 workers were idled at the plant south of Nashville when it stopped making the Chevrolet Traverse in 2009.
But it has continued to build engines, and GM last year announced a nearly $500 million investment to manufacture the next generation of the company’s Ecotec engine at the complex.