Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag shakes hands with representatives from General Motors during a press conference Thursday at City Hall to discuss Commercial Development Company's acquisition of the Janesville General Motors Assembly Plant.
UAW Local 95 president-elect Brad Dutcher addresses an assemblage of politicians, UAW members and the media during a press conference at the local union hall in 2008. Union and Local and state political leaders are scrambling to deal with the GM announcement of the closing of the Janesville Plant.
In this January 1990 photo, workers install a new sign showing production and corporate group changes at the Janesville GM plant. Formerly a part of GM’s Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group, the plant became part of the Truck & Bus Group. The plant switched from production of Chevrolet Cavalier cars to Suburbans, Blazers and Jimmy trucks.
These robots were brand-new and hadn’t gotten to work in February 1990. Hundreds of contractors and GM skilled trades workers were busy renovating the plant, according to a Janesville Gazette series titled “GM for the 90’s”. According to the Gazette’s files, workers cut and dug concrete, installed links and rails for overhead conveyors and used heavy machinery to move new, high tech equipment into place.
Janesville GM plant worker Patricia Trail catches the ear of Presidential candidate Barack Obama as he shakes hands in the crowd in 2008. The reliability engineer for GM asked Obama for help with making colon cancer screening more affordable.
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is flanked by UAW Local 95 President Mike Sheridan, left, and UAW Local 95 Shop Committee Chairman John Dohner Jr. at Barack Obama's speech at the Janesville GM plant in 2008.
The Janesville City Council in 2004 wrestled with the issue of renaming the new Opportunity Drive to Reuther Way in honor of a historic UAW member. The road was built to allow heavy truck traffic a easier route to the GM assembly plant.
General Motors employee Marv Wopat, left, and GM shop committee chairman John Dohner, center, speak with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle before a press conference on the Janesville GM plant closing in 2008.
Janesville's Brianna Westendorf, 11, and her dad Brian Westendorf have a race to see who can assemble their piles of frame bumper bolts together the fastest during Take Your child to Work Day at General Motors in Janesville in 2003.
Pat Lee, left, UAW/GM Industrial Hygiene Technician tells her finding to Mike Marcks, UAW Health & Safety Representative and Claude Greene, Safety Supervisor after a walk thru safety inspection at GM in Janesville in 2003.
Couple John Westendorf and Donna Nell move through a bag packing line at the GM employee assistance food drive in 2002. Westendorf, a GM employee, and volunteers from throughout the community raised funds to supply food for about three weeks for over 350 families.