ABC reports that as Michigan’s auto industry is improving, the state’s economy is getting a boost too.
At Nicky D’s Coney Island in Warren, Mich., across the street from a Chrysler truck plant, co-owner Diana Dedvuka has seen her bustling diner come back from a near-death experience.
“People are working. They’re spending more money. Customers seem to be happier,” she said.
In 2009, the family-owned restaurant struggled to stay open as Chrysler and General Motors teetered on the brink of collapse.
“Our business went down 40 percent,” Dedvuka, the daughter of a retired auto worker, told ABC News. “Driving to work, you would see these big (auto) plants completely empty. It would give you chills.”
Now, Dedvuka says, customers who once feared losing their jobs are complaining about working too much overtime.
Read the full article for more on how Michigan is recovering.