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Letter To Mr. Frederick Henderson, CEO, General Motors Corp.

All 17 Members of Michigan's Congressional Delegation—15 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and two United States Senators—today sent the following letter to General Motors outlining the reasons why building its new compact and subcompact cars at the Orion, MI assembly plant is a sound business decision. GM is expected to select a facility to produce its new vehicles in the coming weeks.

An official copy of the letter to General Motors is available upon request. Below is the text of the letter:

June 16, 2009

Mr. Frederick Henderson
President and CEO
General Motors Corporation
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48265

Dear Mr. Henderson,

We applaud General Motors and the United Auto Workers for coming to an agreement that includes a commitment by GM to produce small cars in the United States. We are particularly pleased that this commitment will allow GM to become the first automobile manufacturer to produce subcompact cars in the United States. We have great confidence that this type of bold, forward looking decision will be characteristic of the new GM approach and will allow it to be a global leader in every vehicle class.

As you engage in the process of determining which facility will assemble these new small cars, we want to emphasize how strongly we feel that Orion Assembly represents the best business choice for GM. As you know, the Orion facility has a number of strengths, such as proximity to the supply base, proximity to corporate headquarters in Detroit, energy savings from the use of landfill gas to power the plant, strong relations between local UAW leaders and plant management, as well as the large numbers of highly trained and highly skilled auto workers, engineers, and other critical employees in the area.

Just as important as any of these factors is another factor that you are considering - the impact on the surrounding community that would benefit from locating the new facility in Southeast Michigan. No industry has been hit harder by the global credit crisis and economic downturn than the automobile industry, and no state has suffered as much as Michigan has. Our unemployment rate, which is already the highest in the nation, will rise as a result of GM's recently announced factory closings. Seven of the 14 announced plant closings will occur in Michigan. Oakland County will be particularly hard hit with three facilities being closed and more than 6,500 UAW workers losing their jobs. GM's restructuring efforts will continue to result in layoffs and early retirement for thousands of white collar employees and will create uncertainty for thousands of employees at the region's many auto suppliers.

For all of these reasons, we believe that as GM invests in its future by opening a new, state of the art small car assembly facility, it is in the best interest of the company to build upon its one hundred years of shared history with Michigan and locate that facility at Orion Assembly. We believe that a new GM can emerge from this painful restructuring process stronger, more competitive, and with the potential to once again create enormous opportunity for millions - investing in the facility at Orion Assembly is an important part of that restructuring process.

Sincerely,
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Carl Levin
Congressman Gary Peters
Congressman John D. Dingell
Congressman Fred Upton
Congressman Mike Rogers
Congressman Dale Kildee
Congressman David Camp
Congressman Sandy Levin
Congressman Bart Stupak
Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Congressman Vern Ehlers
Congressman Mark Schauer
Congresswoman Candice Miller
Congressman John Conyers
Congressman Pete Hoekstra
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter


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