CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Thousands of people are expected to attend a jobs rally inConnersville. The city has been named a finalist for a new CarbonMotors plant.
24 Hour News spoke with Mayor Leonard Urban on the phoneyesterday, and he says he's confident that Connersville will landCarbon Motors.
Connersville was once a booming manufacturing town. However, thehas lost about 9,000 industrial jobs over the last 20 years.
Mayor Leonard Urban says landing Carbon Motors would be a hugemoral boost. “It means hope, for once instead of announcingthat we are losing something, we would like to announce that we aregaining something,” said Urban.
The city is one of three finalists for Carbon Motors newmanufacturing plant. Signs around town point to Wednesdayafternoon's jobs rally. “We're about what, 5th highest inun-employment, Elkhart has beat us, we're at 15.9 percent, but youhave to remember for 10 years we've been the highest in thestate,” said Urban.
If Carbon Motors chooses Connersville that could mean about 13hundred jobs for the city. Produced here would be the E-7, CarbonMotors' state of the art police vehicle.
People in Connersville are keeping their fingers crossed.“We really need it, we need it bad don't we,” saidConnersville resident Becky Grubbs.
Thousands are expected to attend Wednesday's rally.Connersville's city Hall will be closed during the rally, as wellas many Government offices across the county.
All signs point to Connersville landing Carbon Motors.“The company has said all along that they wanted to make uptheir mind at the end of this month, we're nearing the end of themonth,” said Urban.
The rally will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the former Visteonplant on Western Avenue in Connersville. Governor Daniels isexpected to attend.
Carbon Motors also plans to bring one of its E-7 state of theart police cars to the rally.
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