Orion Offers GM $44 Million in Return for Small Car Production

A fierce battle has started for GM's small car platform and the American automaker seems to enjoy it. After requesting no less than 200 million dollars from the state of Tennessee in exchange for the production of its new small car - which obviously translates into securing jobs - the Orion Township stepped in front of the media and announced a $44 million offer for General Motors in order to convince the company to bring production at the local Oakland County plant.

Additionally, the officials are offering a 100 percent tax break on new equipment for no less than 12 years, The Detroit News wrote today, but they are still working with representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. on an incentive package for General Motors.

"It's a monster offer," township Supervisor Matthew Gibb was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source. "I struggled with it because we're talking about funds and public money is so tight for everybody. But if the plant closes, we don't get any tax revenue. I'd rather have the jobs and ancillary business for our small suppliers and big suppliers and party stores and everything else."

Gov. Jennifer Granholm hasn't issued a statement so far but a spokesman confirmed the governor is trying anything that's possible to bring GM's small car at the local plant.

"We are waging an aggressive fight for this project and the jobs it will bring to Michigan and we're going to do everything we can to make this project a reality for our state," Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said. "The governor and the MEDC are fully engaged in this fight for jobs."

GM's production facility in Orion currently employs 3,400 hourly and salaried workers which were until now responsible for the production of Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu.
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