When a big manufacturing plant closes, the lucky employees are the ones who can find work elsewhere. But in this economy elsewhere is often far away. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that workers from the closed GM plant in Doraville, Ga., took jobs in places as varied as Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Iowa, Delaware, Missouri, Colorado and even the company's ancestral homeland — Michigan. For many, that dislocation is jarring but not new.
"I never wanted to be a GM gypsy. I just ended up being one," Brian Kieckbusch, a 35-year-old autoworker, told the AJC. "I gave up my family in Wisconsin, my [foreclosed] house in Georgia, and if it tanks here, I'm lost."