Sure Looks Like That Janesville GM Plant Was Open In 2009

During Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech, he talked about a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin that he said closed down after President Obama made a promise that it would remain open. Liberal pundits and the left-wing media jumped all over the claim stating the the plant actually closed under President George Bush. Turns out that’s not be the case. From the Gazette-Extra on February 9th, 2009:

The concerned relative had it partly right.

“Too bad about the GM thing, but I hear the Janesville plant is getting a new medium-duty truck,” the relative told a salaried employee of the auto plant in Janesville at a holiday gathering.

Full-size sport utility vehicle production has ended at the local General Motors plant, but medium-duty truck production is continuing—not starting—in Janesville.

And it likely will continue into May, when the lights finally go off in the facility that has been producing vehicles since 1923.

When GM officials announced last June that SUV production would cease in Janesville, they also said that medium-duty truck production would conclude by the end of 2009, or sooner if market conditions dictate.

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  1. Wolfgang says:

    If you read the entire article from the Gazette-Extra on February 9th 2009 you’ll see some more interesting facts.

    “When Burke launched the NPR project in 1994, the line had about 20 to 25 workers. The 50 who remain today probably represent the line’s high-water mark for employment, he said.”

    So, they layed off 1200 workers Dec 23rd, 2008 and kept 50 until June 2009. While they were technically open to fulfill the Isuzu contract they were not making GM product and were effectively shut down. The impact to the local economy had taken place.

    No matter how much support GM and the other auto manufacturers got from the government, it’s still their decision to close plants if market forces dictate it.

    1. Cynical says:

      The decision to close the Janesville plant was made BEFORE the time that Obama took office.
      The actual closing took place a few months into the Obama regime. The point is that Ryan was deliberately playing with the facts when he said the plant was closed under Obama. Once the decision to close the plant was made by GM, the only thing to do was establish the last day of operations.

      If the Republicans have a great plan, why do they have to lie about the facts?

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      The U.S. Treasury Department will buy $5 billion in senior preferred equity from GMAC LLC and lend General Motors Corp. as much as $1 billion so GM can participate in GMAC’s rights offering toward GMAC becoming a bank holding company.
      In a release Monday, the Treasury Department said the assistance for GMAC and General Motors (NYSE: GM) is in addition to the $13.4 billion loan it authorized for GM on Dec. 19 under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.
      GMAC must comply with executive compensation and corporate governance requirements of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, and meet enhanced restrictions on executive compensation, the agency said.
      The Treasury Department’s action follows the Federal Reserve’s approval on Dec. 24 of GMAC Financial Services’ request to become a bank holding company, making it eligible for TARP money and probably saving it from having to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
      GMAC said Dec. 10 that the Federal Reserve had required it to achieve a minimum of $30 billion in regulatory capital in connection with its application. GMAC spokeswoman Toni Simonetti said Monday that the company is in the process of reaching the capital requirement but that she had no details.
      GM’s Janesville assembly plant closed Dec. 23, putting the plant’s remaining 1,200 workers out of a job.
      The Kansas City Business Journal is a sister publication of The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee.

      1. Conservativechick says:

        And OBAMA PROMISED TO SAVE THEIR JOBS. EPIC FAIL at the expense of tax payers.. the end.

      2. Thrill says:

        Ryan didn’t say that the plant closed under Obama. Quit lying and go read the full quote.

        Ryan was blaming Obama’s bungling of the economic recovery for the plant still being closed. Political discourse has gotten to be impossible in this country because your side lies and believes any garbage the party leaders hand down.

        1. Cal says:

          Which is, again, a case of Ryan LYING. There was never any prospect of the plant’s closure being reversed, no matter what happened with the economic recovery.