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“General Motors was our company’s first contract.”

By Veronica Artis, Co-owner of Genesee Packaging, Flint on

I opened Genesee Packaging with my husband 33 years ago, and we’ve been an automotive supplier here in the city of Flint for 33 years.

General Motors was our company's first contract. We made packaging for baby seats that GM shipped all over the country. There’s no doubt that the auto companies have been by far our biggest customer. We’ve depended upon the auto industry to keep our business going – and to keep our hard-working employees on the job.

Sure, it’s been hard for a number of years. It’s no secret that Michigan was dealing with a recession for much longer than the rest of the country. And for businesses like ours, every cutback or slowdown in the auto industry made it harder and harder to keep our doors open.

But in 2009, when the auto industry was on the verge of complete collapse, and when production was falling and lines were shutting down, there was a chance we would have had to close our doors altogether. But because President Obama stepped in and provided the loans to GM and Chrysler, and the auto industry started coming back, we were able to stay open.

We are very supportive of Flint – and we are doing everything we can to create jobs, so we can invest in our community. We also employ a lot of people in the community who others may not want – especially our veterans.

The President’s actions went far beyond the auto industry – and Genesee Packaging now has the security to diversify and expand our business so we can start growing again.

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