Atlanta Assembly

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Former Atlanta Assembly plant photographed on I-75 in Hapeville, Georgia on January 12, 2007

Atlanta Assembly was an automobile factory owned by Ford Motor Company in Hapeville, Georgia. The Atlanta Assembly plant was opened on December 1, 1947.[1] Harbour Consulting rated it as the most efficient auto plant in North America in 2006. As part of The Way Forward plan, the plant was closed on October 27, 2006.[2] Prior to the operation of this assembly plant, Ford operated another assembly plant and offices on Ponce de Leon Avenue near the old Sears headquarters building, in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood just northeast of Downtown Atlanta.[3]

Car lines produced[edit]

The last car lines built at the plant were:

Other car lines built at the plant included:[4] Ford Fairlane, Ford Fairmont, Ford Falcon, Ford Galaxie, Ford Granada, Ford LTD, Ford Ranchero, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Torino, Mercury Marquis and Mercury Zephyr.

Closing in 2006[edit]

Ford Taurus Assembly Plant, Hapeville Ga, February 2009

The plant closed in 2006. The plant was purchased for over $40 million by Jacoby Development, Inc., in June 2008.[4] Demolition of the plant began in August 2008 and took approximately one year.

New location use[edit]

The site is expected to be used for the Aerotropolis Atlanta 6,500,000-square-foot (600,000 m2) "multi use" community of retail, office, and hotel developments as well as additional parking for the adjacent Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.[4]

On May 11, 2011 Porsche Cars North America announced plans to move their headquarters from the northern Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs to Aerotropolis Atlanta. The complex includes a new office building and test track[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UAW Local 882 History". Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Efficient auto factories aren't spared the ax". Detroit News. Retrieved June 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Crackers Stadium Sears Building
  4. ^ a b c "Ford sells Hapeville plant site to Jacoby Development". June 12, 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.ajc.com/business/porsche-north-america-hq-941520.html

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Coordinates: 33°39′2.78″N 84°24′6.60″W / 33.6507722°N 84.4018333°W / 33.6507722; -84.4018333