GM applies for tax incentives in Wentzville, may add new jobs

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Posted on September 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 10 at 11:35 PM

(KMOV.com) --  Thousands of good paying jobs may soon be coming to Wentzville, Missouri if General Motors decides to expand its auto plant.

The auto maker took one step toward that reality this week when it filed an application for tax incentives with the city of Wentzville.

The deal is all dependent on what General Motors ultimately decides to do.  In May, the company announced plans to spend two billion dollars across seven states, but did not outline how much if any of that money will be spend in Wentzville.

Wentzville Mayor Paul Lambi said, "Normally they carry about 1,300 jobs.  When the plant opened here they had as many as 8,000 employees.  Today you're looking into an average of 13,000 so we're hoping with some more investments it would be possible they would add more jobs."


Mayor Lambi admits that the deal is still an "if/then" situation.  He also added that if General Motors decides to expand the plant in Wentzville, then the city will approve those tax breaks. 

The mayor could not specify a timeline for the plan, but said it will be at least a year before they know if General Motors has made a decision.  If they do, it may take over a year to get everything in line.

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