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Janesville is in final three for GM's new small-car factory; decision due end of June

We expect to hear by the end of June whether Janesville will be chosen to make small cars for General Motors.

Wisconsin's federal lawmakers announced that timetable Wednesday after four of them met with Troy Clarke, the head of GM's North American division, and Tim Lee, the company's vice president of manufacturing.

Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, and House members Tammy Baldwin and Paul Ryan said they highlighted the strength of Rock County's workforce.

They said Janesville workers are eager and well-prepared to re-tool GM's former SUV plant with its new line of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The new U.S. plant was the result of recent union negotiations, in which the company scrapped plans to open a factory in China.

GM has narrowed down the new location to Janesville; Spring Hill, Tenn.; and Orion Township, Mich.

The company says it's talking with state and federal officials in those places about their selection criteria.