Wilmington Assembly

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Wilmington Assembly was a General Motors automobile factory in Wilmington, Delaware.[1] The 3,200,000-square-foot (300,000 m2) factory opened in 1947, and produced cars for GM's Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn, Opel, and Daewoo brands during its operation. GM closed the plant on July 28, 2009.[2]

History[edit]

The plant was located at 801 Boxwood Road. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was designated as a B-O-P facility, manufacturing cars for Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. Some of the cars produced at the facility starting in the 1970s included (model years in parentheses):

As part of the 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors, [3] Wilmington Assembly ceased automotive production on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Its final product was a Pontiac Solstice convertible.[4]

The closure of the Wilmington plant, for the time being, marks the end of large-scale automotive production in the Northeastern United States.[5]

Possible future use[edit]

Fisker Automotive has chosen the plant to launch its Project Nina,[6] a plan to build plug-in hybrid sedans that cost less than $40,000 with a federal tax credit, according to the automaker. Vice President and former Delaware senator Joe Biden joined Fisker executives for the announcement at the plant.

Fisker says it will begin production on its vehicles by late 2012; Project Nina will eventually create or support 2,000 factory jobs as well as 3,000 vendor and supplier jobs. By 2014, it expects production to enter full swing, turning out 75,000–100,000 vehicles per year. It expects to export more than half of these vehicles, which would be the largest export percentage of any domestic automaker.

The automaker will spend $175 million to retool the GM plant with the funding coming from the $528.7 million Department of Energy loan awarded to Fisker in September. Fisker currently only offers its electric sports car, the Karma.

Production has been delayed to enter approximately 2014-2015 due to bankruptcy and financial constraints.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Motors to increase Solstice output at Wilmington awknowledge.com, (November 3, 2005).
  2. ^ "GM Plant Closes". WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. 
  3. ^ "GM Pulls Ahead U.S. Plant Closures; Reaffirms Intent to Build Future Small Car in U.S.". GM Media Online. Retrieved 2009-06-01. [dead link]
  4. ^ Wilson, Lauren (2009-07-28). "Last car rolls out of Del. GM plant". WPVI-TV/DT. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  5. ^ Milford, Maureen (2009-07-13). "GM closing Boxwood Road, last auto plant in Delaware". USA Today, The (Wilmington) News Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Fisker Atlantic revealed". Auto Express. April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Nikki Gordon-Blommfield (2012-10-16). "Fisker Atlantic Plug-in Sedan Delayed Until At Least Late 2014". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 

Coordinates: 39°43′42.97″N 75°36′41.26″W / 39.7286028°N 75.6114611°W / 39.7286028; -75.6114611