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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Miguel’s Son Joins the Army

Spring brought a whole lot of change for Miguel and his family. His son Jaime, who joined the Army in October, was just shipped out to Alaska where he’ll be stationed. Jaime couldn’t find a job, explained Miguel, so he decided to pursue a career in the Army and is happy they will also help him to get his master’s degree. “I know he’s smart,” explained Miguel, “and I want him to come back one day.”

March 20th marked the 1-year anniversary for Miguel’s small business. It was also the first week that he was voluntarily laid off from General Motors. “I did this so that others who need the work can work and I can dedicate more time to the store.” Business has been slow lately due to the lack of jobs and spending ability of residents and this is particularly true with the Latino community. Miguel is hopeful though. “Like anything else that you start, you develop more strength when you have a little bit of hard times.” So Miguel is working hard to make the business grow and expects things will pick up soon as the wedding season and other holidays approach.

Reflecting upon the Shelbyville Multimedia website, Miguel explains: “I have been working at GM for 32 years and surrounded by people from all over the world. I see the way we work together and I think, ‘look at these results.’ We build one car every minute and we put our minds together to do it. These cars on the street, they are all of us and it matters to me that we do it right because I don’t want any accidents. So we need to work together. If we as a society work the same way, we can be a better society.” In November Miguel will officially retire, after 34 years of service with GM.

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