MI Governor works to lure Toyota plant

Detroit News – 07/20/05

Here is a column that discusses a trip taken by the MIchigan governor to Japan to meet with companies including Toyota. Many states are lobbying for the next rumored Toyota plant (in addition to the one recently announced for Ontario).

Quoting the article:

And she’ll make the debatable case that this union stronghold should not be the obstacle to foreign automotive investment that many think it is.

The United Auto Workers “would not be a roadblock,” Granholm insists. “I have spoken with (UAW President) Ron Gettelfinger, and they welcome international investment. “It’s not something that would be a negative. Outsiders have a harder (time) shifting the paradigm than Toyota does.”

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