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GM considering Fort Wayne plant for $230M upgrade

December 14, 2010

General Motors is considering $230 million in upgrades to its truck assembly plant near Fort Wayne to build its next generation of pickup trucks.

Factory spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said GM has submitted a tax abatement request to Allen County officials for the project. But, she told The Journal Gazette that other sites are also being considered for the upgrades and that she didn't know when a decision would be made.

The project isn't expected to mean more jobs for the 3,800-worker factory, but County Council President Paula Hughes told The News-Sentinel that the upgrades would protect the plant's viability.

United Auto Workers Local 2209 President Orval Plumlee said there would be a "considerable" expansion of the plant, which has added a third shift and more than 700 employees this year.

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