Lansing Craft Center

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The Lansing Craft Center was a specialized General Motors automobile assembly factory in Lansing Township, Michigan that started production in 1987 as the Reatta Craft Center[1] [2] and closed in 2006. The facility was originally built by GM as a foundry in 1919, and was located on Saginaw Street near the Lansing Metal Center.

The Lansing Craft Center was the construction site for GM's low-volume vehicles including the EV1, Buick Reatta, Cadillac Eldorado, convertible Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire and Chevrolet SSR.

In November 2005, General Motors announced that it would close the Lansing Craft Center in mid-2006, and the final SSR, a unique black-on-silver model, was assembled on March 17, 2006.[3]

At the time of its closure, the plant size was 985,000 square feet (91,500 m2) and the facility employed 400,[4] many of whom were transferred to the new Lansing Grand River Assembly as well as some operations transferred to the nearby Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant after the closure.

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  1. ^ The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. "HowStuffWorks "Buick Reatta"". auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ Stoy, Andrew. "She’s Crafty: 1988-91 Buick Reatta". Beater Review. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  3. ^ Barbara Wieland. "Tearful workers say goodbye Last SSR rolls off Craft Center line". Lansing State Journal. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2006. 
  4. ^ Barbara Wieland. "GM closures hit 1,600 in Lansing". Lansing State Journal. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2008. 

Coordinates: 42°44′33.81″N 84°35′6.41″W / 42.7427250°N 84.5851139°W / 42.7427250; -84.5851139