Leaders still see viability in GM plant

By Fred Childers - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "I think it's going to be devastating, GM provides a very strong tax base for our area," says Louisiana State Representative, Roy Burrell after hearing the news of GM's plan to close the Shreveport plant.

The impact of GM's decision to pull out of Shreveport is not lost on state leaders. But they are looking for a silver lining.

"We are going to be optimistic that some portion of it might remain there," said Louisiana Representative, Jane Smith.

Their silver lining appears to be the plant itself.

"It's brand new, as you know gm spent over 1.5 billion dollars on this facility, we have the supplier base here. We're hopeful something might happen," said Dick Bremer, president of the Shreveport/Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Bremer, along with U.S. Congressman John Fleming, and others, believe the plant's viability is Shreveport's viability.

"We are very hopeful that the Chinese firm that's interested in buying the hummer brand would contract with our local facility to continue to produce the hummer here in Shreveport," said Bremer.

For legislators keeping the plant's tax base is very important, but the resource they say is most valuable are the plant's workers.

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