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Building over the original Jeep plant

by David Zatz on

Detroit Manufacturing Systems has broken ground on a factory being built on the site of the original Willys-Overland plant, which started building Jeeps for World War II and was finally closed in 2010.  Ironically, it will make instrument clusters for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The original plant was demolished in 2010, except for a sole smoke-stack on which the word “Overland” is spelled out in black bricks. It is still visible from Route 75.

The company, a joint venture between Rush Group and part of Faurecia, expects to have around 140 people at the plant by late 2017, and said it may have over 200 workers a few years later.  From Automotive News – read more there.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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