GM Picks the Winner

After a furious sweepstakes, the $3.5 billion Saturn plant goes to Tennessee

Never has an industrial prize been more coveted and courted. Never has a decision by a single company been the subject of more impatience and speculation. In January, General Motors announced that it planned to build a $3.5 billion factory that will produce a new subcompact car called the Saturn. Since then, 36 states and dozens of cities have made bids to be host to a project that will provide 6,000 jobs at the plant and a shot of instant prosperity to the surrounding region. The choice of a site was originally expected to be made in April, but the suspense...

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