Recent news of the General Motors Janesville plant’s permanent closure has raised curiosity as to what is now in store for the building. While the initial response would be to sell it for profit, Congressman Paul Ryan recently shared his thoughts on an alternative.
According to this WSAU news article, Ryan is suggesting that the property go to the community of Janesville for redevelopment. GM’s contract with the UAW holds that the plant be permanently closed, so the only real reason we see why this shouldn’t happen is, well, it’s still GM’s property.
Sure, the Janesville plant is “just a four million square foot dust collector right now,” but GM certainly could get a significant amount of money for it. That said, GM did just have record profits, so some might say that it can afford making such a donation.
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