General Motors opened this factory in 1937, and over the
years it produced Pontiacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Chevys.
At its height it employed 6,000 people. The plant was converted
to truck production in 1992 and immediately prior to closing it
produced Chevy Blazers and GMC Jimmys, but slowing sales and
high employment and production costs doomed the facility. Although a 2003
UAW contract prevented the facility from officially closing until 2007,
the plant was idled in early 2005 and GM laid off
all but a skeleton crew. The massive 2.7-million-square-foot facility was
purchased and demolished in early 2008 with plans to redevelop the site for
retail and mixed use light industry.