Pontiac Assembly Center

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Pontiac Assembly Center, also known as Pontiac East Assembly, was a GMC and Chevrolet (pickup) truck production plant operated by General Motors. Other past names of this large GM facility were Truck & Coach and Truck & Bus. The now shuttered plant is located at 2100 South Opdyke Road in Pontiac, Michigan.

The factory opened in 1972 for the production of medium-duty pickup trucks and became part of the Truck & Bus Group ten years later. In 1985 medium-duty truck production was consolidated with heavy-duty truck production, and the plant was renovated and re-tooled to produce full-size pickups. Floor space amounting to 712,000 square feet (66,100 m2) was added, including a second floor that houses the paint facility. Production of full-size pickups began in December 1986. The plant closed in September 2009.

In late 2011, demolition of the plant began. According to the Racer Trust; an environmental trust organization marketing GM surplus industrial properties, the site where the plant stood has been sold. In early 2014 the buyer was identified as Challenge Manufacturing Co., of Walker, Michigan. [1] Challenge plans to spend $50 million for a 400,000-square-foot plant on the site which will produce automotive components for General Motors. The new plant is expected to employ 450.

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