Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Nation's oldest auto assembly plant to close doors - Autoblog


T-town represent! If you've ever driven on I-75 through Toledo then you've pasted history in the form of an atuo-plant. From Autoblog:
A piece of automotive history will soon fade into the record books as the longest-running vehicle assembly plant in American history, the Jeep Parkway in Toledo, OH, prepares to close up shop this week.

What started as the Willys-Overland factory in 1910 helped Willys become the second-largest car company in the US through World War I, and for a stretch in the 1920s the company was led by Walter P. Chrysler. The factory helped the US flex its industrial might and built vehicles and ordinance for the military in World War II, and in 1945, the first civilian Jeep CJ rolled off the line.

Once occupying over 4 million square feet, somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 million vehicles have rolled out of the factory over the years. GM's Jansville, WI facility will need to run another decade to match the Toledo facility's 96 years of existence.
I'm sure this will be a sad week for many... but as far as I know the new Jeep Plant is still rolling strong... here's to another 96 years (yea right... outsourcing?). Check out the Official Toledo Blade Article.

Nation's oldest auto assembly plant to close doors - Autoblog

2 comments:

  1. Toledo, WHAT! What the fuck ya'll remember bout the '87 Toledo built Wrangler, straight hustlin' Toledo style! Some may have been involved in the blunt-nasty sessions up and down 33, holla at yo brain cells!

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  2. Are you gonna make it down to the roast? It wouldn't be the same with out you! I ran into gersh yesterday and he'll be showing up... holla!

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