General Motors started manufacturing trucks in Dayton in 1951. Fifty-seven years later, GM closed its Moraine Assembly plant and over two thousand people lost their jobs - including Debbie Bradley of Fairborn. After 13 years at GM, Bradley started hearing rumors. GM was struggling. The plant might close. Bradley wanted to have a Plan B. So she took a placement test at Sinclair Community College.
In the spring of 2008, before GM announced they would close the plant, they wanted to reduce the size of their workforce. They offered workers like Bradley a cash buyout. They made the offer twice, and the second time Bradley took the money.
This ReInvention Story was produced by Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, Eric Risher and Sarah Buckingham.
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Originally broadcast January 30th, 2013.