The Saturn Corp. manufacturing complex in Spring Hill, Tenn., opened a gleaming child-care center yesterday, becoming the first General Motors Corp. plant to offer company-subsidized child care.
At an average age of 38, Saturn workers are six years younger than their counterparts in other GM plants. Because they're being transferred into Tennessee from dozens of other states, Saturn workers don't have established networks of families and friends that most workers use for child care.
Currently, the UAW and GM provide referrals on child-care services available in the communities surrounding 14 other plants nationwide. They have agreed to build at least one additional on-site child care center but haven't decided where.