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One To Three Serious Mitsubishi Plant Prospects Have Not Materialized

The head of the McLean County Board says there have been "a very few" serious prospects for a buyer of the soon to be vacant Mitsubishi auto plant in Normal.

Matt Sorenson is one of the area leaders on the task force seeking a replacement for Mitsubishi. Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas, Sorenson says central Illinois leaders are not the first stop.


Sorenson says he is aware that the task force is still cultivating prospects for new plant ownership.


Elected officials say they are prevented from discussing potential buyers because of confidentiality clauses.
Production of vehicles at the plant has already ended and layoffs of 1,200 workers begun. Mitsubishi intends to shut the plant down by next summer after making enough spare parts for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to fill inventory needs.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.