Detroit, MI (KSLA) - Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover, Councilman Ron Webb, Caddo Parish Administrator Woody Wilson all spent their Friday in Detroit fighting to save the Shreveport General Motor's plant. The group met this morning with GM's president of North America, Troy Clarke and the President of Manufacturing.
The meetings which lasted about three hours was "a great, great meeting" according to Jindal. While no promises were made from GM, Jindal went on to say "their current expectation is they'll be able to maintain their production capacity after the single shift, but that there is some very good opportunities for us to convince them to maintain their presence."
And as far as convincing them goes, Jindal says the states offer is sweet, "We're going to be very aggressive in offering tax incentives, rapid response funds, mega fund dollars. We're gonna make this a very attractive place for GM to continue to do business."
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover agrees the meetings were good. "Went very well. I believe very encouraged, very positive, very forward thinking." But Glover says there is still work to be done. "We believe that some adjustments are being made, vision is obviously at work and we look forward to sitting down again in the not to distant future. "
For Shreveport City Councilman Ron Webb, he sees the GM situation from different eyes. He's worked at the plant for 24 years. He says of the meetings, "I'm very optimistic that the future is gonna look good for Shreveport. They made no promises but I know there's gonna be future meetings."
As for those future meetings, the governor says he will speak monthly with GM officials and as for the more immediate future, the roll out of the H3T, which is the first Hummer full size pick-up truck is still expected to be released in September. That's the same month some 800 people who made up an entire second shift at the plant will be let go. A couple hundred more people who worked for vendors and distributors who made products that were delivered to GM will also be let go.