Like many cities in the Midwest, Janesville, Wisconsin, has a long and
rich history of manufacturing. Janesville’s General Motors (GM) assembly
plant was once the oldest in America and employed about 7,000 people
at its peak in 1970. But industry trends and broader shifts in the U.S.
economy forced the plant to close in 2008, leaving residents without an
economic anchor and city officials without a clear path forward.
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