Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Factory #12 Sheet Metal Plant








Expansion plans for factory #12










Construction update.










Article concerning the new factory for sheet metal at Buick.










This south-east view is taken from the Oak Park subdivision










This north-west view shows the south -end of factory #12. That is the Buick "Driveaway" area at the future Oak Park entrance. Mostly dealers would pick up there fleet of cars here and drive them back to there dealerships. You could also pick up your own car here, direct from the manufacturer.










This is a south-east view of the north-end of factory #12 taken from the intersection of Industrial Avenue and Leith Street. This area now is much taller.










This south-west view of the north-end of #12 shows Leith Street in the foreground and the factory is still only one floor.










This badly damaged photo shows a small addition being built on the east wall of the factory. This view is facing south-west.










Same as below only another copy.










Looking north-east after the roof was raised for the larger press installation.  

Lubricant helps draw the sheet without tearing. This is 1937.  

Oil pan pressing in 1937.                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             




This was labeled as the largest press in the state. September 1918 cowl press.







1922


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This is the "Car-Trac" area of Buick City where I worked in 1987. This is a north facing view near the south-west wall along old Industrial Avenue. The stairs lead to the rest rooms.


Links:
Factory #12/#16
Buick Driveaway 1923
Buick War Work
1968 Strike
Factory #12 Body Shop
Leith st. 2008
Factory #01 Roof Trusses
Oak Park Lot 2008
Factory #12 2002 -2008
Factory #29 WWI Ambulance
Factory #12 Demolition Plus Inside
Factory #12 fender Drawman
Factory #12 Drawman Hood Press
Buick City Lee Furse 1985
Robogate
Factory #12 drawman 1966
Factory #12 1997
Factory #12 1925 Thru 2002
Factory #12 The Early Years
Buick City Building Designations

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