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Ohio Tries But Fails To Secure Auto Jobs In Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Development says General Motors Corp. has declined a tax credit and grant package worth more than $56 million to keep open its SUV plant in the Dayton suburb of Moraine.

Department spokeswoman Kelly Schlissberg said Thursday the state is disappointed and will continue to look for alternate uses for the plant, which employs about 2,400 workers.

The automaker has said it plans to close the plant by 2010 or sooner because of a customer shift to smaller vehicles. The proposed assistance announced Wednesday consisted of a $54 million job retention tax credit and a $2 million "rapid outreach" grant.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm