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Many celebrate a return to work at the GM Spring Hill Plant

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SPRING HILL, TN (WSMV) -

It's not just General Motors' workers who are feeling encouraged in Spring Hill. The largest group of GM plant employees returned to the plant and wrapped up their first day on the job Monday. It's a day that had many local businesses and families celebrating.

"I haven't had a chance to put it in a frame," Debra Slone said.

Slone showed a picture from a recent vacation in which she smiles with her husband and son. But for the past year, Tim Slone has spent many days away from his family.

"He came back a week and a half ago," Debra Slone said.

Tim Slone worked at the GM plant in the Kansas City area up until about 1 1/2 weeks ago.

Nearly two years ago, GM laid off 2,000 employees at the Spring Hill plant. Tim Slone lost his job like many others. But when he did find work with GM, it was far from home.

"It was difficult, especially with my son's last year in high school, he missed a lot seeing, Austin, but he had a job," Debra Slone said.

Recently Tim Slone got a letter that brought him home and back to the Spring Hill plant. On Monday he, along with more than 90 others, headed to orientation, the largest group of employees yet to walk into the plant.

"He was so excited," Debra Slone explained. "Last night he was like, 'I'm going to bed. I get to wake up and get back to the plant. It's going to be great.'"

Tim Slone is one of many to head back to the plant in the coming weeks, which means more people in the area with money to spend.

"What I've noticed is they're starting to come back, move back and some of my customers have even got on at the plant lately, from off the street," said Darwin Bible, owner of The Hair Shop.

Bible adds he hopes the barber chair chatter comes true and eventually nearly 2,000 people work at the plant.

GM plans to start building the Chevy Equinox at the plant. A total of 333 union workers are eligible to return. Many more are expected to attend orientation in the coming weeks. GM has said they plan to build a mid-size vehicle there in a few more years.

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