Conner Avenue Assembly

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Conner Avenue Assembly is a Chrysler automobile factory in Detroit, Michigan. The factory opened in 1966 and was originally operated by Champion Spark Plugs. It was closed by Cooper Industries in 1990 shortly after their acquisition of Champion.[1] In 1995, Chrysler purchased the facility to assemble the Dodge Viper;[2] production began that October.[1]

Viper production moved from New Mack Assembly to Conner in October 1995 and Plymouth Prowler production started in May 1997. The Viper's V10 engine was originally built at Mound Road Engine but moved to Conner Avenue in May 2001.[1] The facility had been out of use since 2010, when Viper production temporarily ceased, however the plant resumed operations in late 2012 to build the Viper again.[3]

On July 12, 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that due to the Viper's discontinuation, the plant would be shut down permanently on August 31.[4] The factory's 86 workers were offered at other FCA sites.[1]

However, in 2018 FCA announced that the plant will be renamed the "Conner Center" and will serve as "an internal meeting and display space that will showcase the Company’s concept and historic vehicle collection," some of which was formerly hosted at the now-closed Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan.[5] [6]

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Coordinates: 42°26′33″N 83°01′02″W / 42.4425756°N 83.0171238°W / 42.4425756; -83.0171238

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ernst, Kurt (July 13, 2017). "End of Viper production signals closure of FCA's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant". Hemmings Daily. American City Business Journals. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Conner Avenue Assembly
  3. ^ American auto worker. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://americanautoworker.com/location-info.php?location_id=355
  4. ^ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announces closing of Conner Assembly Plant. Retrieved from http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/fiat-chrysler-announces-closing-of-conner-assembly-plant
  5. ^ Former Viper Plant to Become New Home of FCA US Car Collection; Company Launches Viper Memorabilia Auction to Benefit United Way. Retrieved from http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=19109&mid=18
  6. ^ FCA envisions turning small Detroit plant into museum for car collection. Retrieved from http://www.autonews.com/article/20180321/RETAIL03/180329926/fca-viper-conner-plant-museum-auction