The future of the Hummer brand has been in doubt. On June 3, 2008, one day prior to GM’s annual shareholder meeting, CEO Rick Wagoner said the brand is being reviewed, with the possibility of either being sold, having the production line completely redesigned, or being discontinued. On February 17, 2009, GM announced that it would decide by March 31, 2009, whether to sell off or eliminate the Hummer.
The OB Rag has learned through reliable sources that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has negotiated a deal to re-locate manufacturing facilities for the Hummer all-terrain vehicles at the old Ryan Air plant. The facility was lured from its South Bend, Indiana location with a substantial incentive package that includes $63 million in cash and tax deferments and a pledge by Saunders that all City vehicles purchased over the next five years would be Hummers.
“It takes a village to raise a Hummer,” said Mayor Sanders, reached by phone, in praising quick action by cooperating groups for keeping the project confidential and for moving quickly to meet corporate location requirements. The deal comes on the heels of recently announced projects to build a super-sized Convention Center and a major overhaul of Lindbergh Field.
“This is the third ring in our circus”, mused Sanders, “and the deal proves just how forward thinking this administration is.”