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Kenosha closing

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by ShawnP, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. KrisW

    KrisW Well-Known Member

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    Er... Thirty-two years ago?
     
  2. unverferth

    unverferth Well-Known Member

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  3. ShawnP

    ShawnP Active Member

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    Thought folks would find it interesting.

    Obviously as a 86 year old plant it was time to go.

    Warren Truck is 82 years old but will last much longer with upgrades and love.
     
  4. Adventurer55

    Adventurer55 Well-Known Member

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    Warren truck also is building and going to add products that should sell. Kenosha was not building anything that was selling in great numbers. The numbers just weren't there. Massive investment in the plant and massive investment in the M body. They got a reprieve because had the M body not came it would've closed sooner.
     
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  5. ShawnP

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    I wish one part of Warren's upgrade was a running tally of it's vehicles built to date.

    Seeing a plant build tens of millions of vehicles and still be around is awesome.

    If anything Warren is growing and gonna make it past 100 years old.

    Any Kenosha folks here to share those unique quirks of the plant?

    Kenosha reminds me of Anderson, Indiana. Both huge automotive towns that lost in the plant shuffles.

    GM was HUGE in Anderson.
     
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  6. Morty

    Morty Well-Known Member

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    Memories:
    l visited the Kenosha plant in the early 70s (AMC) era.
    It was big and dirty:). l remember they were very proud of their paint line. We still had to repaint every car we received though.
    We also swapped the horrible oem tyres for radials, and that really transformed the cars´ handling and comfort.:) .
     
  7. ShawnP

    ShawnP Active Member

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    My first car was a brown AMC 74 Gremlin built at Kenosha.

    Bought it in 83 from 3 years of picking tobacco.

    Wasn't sexy but it was wheels and lasted till 89. Bought for 750 and traded in 500 on a 89 Escort.
     
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  8. Ernesto

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    My first visit to Brampton saw it shut. They were retooling for Intrepid, Vision and Concord. It wasn't called Brampton back then. It was Bramalea, sitting in the Brampton city limit. I never got to visit any Chrysler facility in Kenosha. Plenty of others.
     
  9. Adventurer55

    Adventurer55 Well-Known Member

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    I've had the fortune of visiting Jefferson assy. 1975, Windsor assy. 1978, Sterling Heights, 1985 and the original Jeep plant 1989. And the trails of Chelsea driving Jeeps in 1998. It was a lot of fun.
     
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  10. Ernesto

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    My favorite was Taurus-Sable Atlanta. Now closed. The paint part amazed. Only humans clear coated door jams, under hood and deck lid. The rest was all painted by robot. Back then, Chrysler left door jams, under trunk lid and hood mostly dull. No clear coat. At Atlanta, after the car was painted, lid, doors and hood were removed and way down the line reattached.

    If a car got paint damage along the way before a certain point, the car was backed up to a certain point and repainted all over. Not just repainted say a damaged fender.
     
  11. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    At the Edison Escort plant in the 1988 or so, a rack of doors fell off the near-roof holding area. They were beaten back into shape and repainted and installed. Somewhat different standards. The plant amazed but in a different way!

    My job there was just temping, I typed up their quality reports in “a database” (WordPerfect for DOS). Most of the quality problems had a resolution of “Job One,” that is, when the next car would be made (I believe that was the launch of the 1988.5 Escort, a rebadged Mazda with a choice of Ford or Mazda engines). The last day I was there I met the IT person, and mentioned I thought it was odd to use WordPerfect instead of a database. She said she thought WP _was_ a database and asked what I thought a database was. I said dBase III...

    ... and weeks later they asked if I could come back and retype everything into dBase III. The answer was “heck no.”
     
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  12. valiant67

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    Kenosha was a lesson in inefficiency. Build the shell and paint it on one line. Then truck the shells to a second location to finish assembly.
     
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  13. gforce2002

    gforce2002 Well-Known Member

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    Well, technically a database is any organized collection of information. So, a filing cabinet could be a database.

    That said, couldn’t they export the data you entered as a CSV and import it to DBIII? I suppose fixing it up to do the conversion would probably be more work than just re-entering the data.
     
  14. Ernesto

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    I don't understand Diamond-Star at Normal, IL. "Training" 57 new robots to build the upcoming Dodge Avenger Coupe saw dozens of windshields broken trying to get a robot to plant the windshield in precisely the right place. The Avenger was simply a stretched Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Eclipse had already seen thousands of windshields installed.

    A female employee had told me prior to assembly for showrooms, code name for the upcoming new Dodge was Daytona. She wanted to show me the car because of my interest, but told me if she got caught it would be curtains for her. I bought dinner for her across the highway at the 76 Truck Stop for the info she had given me. A couple years later, when the car got a stretched front bumper cover, I bought a red one.
     

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