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Lawmakers make piutch for reopening GM plant in Janesville

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Wisconsin's federal lawmakers will make their pitch today for re-opening the General Motors' plant in Janesville.

Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, and House members Paul Ryan and Tammy Baldwin will meet with two GM executives.


The company said last week that Janesville is one of three possible contenders for a new GM factory to make small cars.

The facility is part of a new union contract which seeks to move production from overseas.

GM plants in Michigan and Tennessee are also candidates for the proposed new factory.

If Janesville is chosen, the former SUV operation there would be re-tooled.

GM's North American president, Troy Clarke, will attend today's meeting with the Wisconsin lawmakers, along with manufacturing vice-president Tim Lee.

More than 1,200 Janesville employees were let go last December, when GM stopped making vehicles there.