Thursday, April 8, 2010

Industrial and Hamilton

I personally have five of these in postcard form with the title "Noon Hour At Buick and Weston-Mott factories Flint Michigan. 'But it is nice in original form'. You are looking east up Hamilton Avenue with the (yet to be placed) sewer pipe along Industrial Avenue.

Factory #40 1980.

This photo, dated July 10, 1980 ran in the Chicago Sun-Times July 13, 1980. The caption as it ran in the paper stated: "Buick Assembly Plant Worker Chris Molina, "A woman's job". The back story was: Chris Molina, age 25, works for Buick A-car assembly and is quite happy about it. His brother, however, has been laid off by Chevy and both Chris and brother blame Chevy management for hiring too many workers.
Gerry says: This is the second floor of factory #40 building 16 and the view is facing north, near the area called the "hairpin". As far as the woman's job (jab) goes, women worked everywhere when I was there, just about any job on any assembly line will haunt you forever. Even to this day I still have horrible nightmares about my time on the line. There always the same. And even though different locations and some jobs that I have never even done. It seems like I can never get out of the hole and I'm always falling behind. So for all the people who think auto workers are over paid, have never walked in our shoes.

The Early Years.

An early 1904 advertisement for a single cylinder Buick engine.

This shows the original Buick factory #1 on west Kearsley st. in Flint, Michigan after it became Mason Motor Company.
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This story from the Flint Journal was dated September 11, 1903.

The first products built at Buick in Flint were stationary and marine engines. First Flint Buick announced.