Closure of a Michigan plant means jobs are coming here
(Parma) -- Michigan's loss is Parma's gain.
General Motors is closing down its Weld Tool Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan -- near Flint -- and is offering that plant's nearly 350 employees jobs in three other plants including the Parma Metal Center.
Parma mayor Tim DeGeeter tells WTAM 1100 he got the news in a phone call from the manager of the Parma Metal Center. DeGeeter was thrilled to get the news, saying "this is a continuation of additional investment in the plant. That shows the plant is strong."
GM is saying as many as 200 jobs from the Grand Blanc plant could be coming to Parma, but DeGeeter says he's been told the exact number will depend on how many workers decide to come to Parma as opposed to other GM facilities. A newsletter sent out by UAW Local 1005 says the plant will receive about two-thirds of the Michigan plant's tooling and workers.
This comes after GM's announcement that it would spend $20 million to upgrade the Parma plant's equipment. DeGeeter says, "when you have both those announcements, it bodes well for the plant, for Parma, for our region and for those workers."
The additional income tax from the new workers comes at a time when Parma needs the money. "Obviously with the full extent of cuts from Columbus on the estate tax and local government fund, we're already starting in a hole, so this will help us fill that hole," says DeGeeter.
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