Lansing Craft Center

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The Lansing Craft Center (LCC) was a specialized General Motors automobile assembly factory in Lansing Township, Michigan located at 2801 West Saginaw Street across from GM's Lansing Metal Center.[1][2]


The facility was originally built by GM as the Oldsmobile Differential Plant and Foundry in 1919.[3] The foundry was repurposed as the Reatta Craft Centre in 1984 when GM chose it as the manufacturing site of the Buick Reatta, which began production in 1988 after a stamping plant, body shop, and assembly area were constructed.[3] After the end of production of the Reatta, the plant was renamed the Lansing Craft Centre.[3] Over its existence, the Lansing Craft Center manufactured GM's low-volume vehicles including the EV1, 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.[4] The plant was carefully demolished from 2008 to 2009.[3][5]

At the time of its closure, the plant size was 985,000 square feet (91,500 m2) and the facility employed 400,[6] 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.


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  1. ^ The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. "HowStuffWorks "Buick Reatta"". Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  2. ^ Stoy, Andrew. "She's Crafty: 1988-91 Buick Reatta". Beater Review. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lansing Craft Centre Timeline". Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "GM to begin razing shuttered factories near Lansing". The Associated Press. 22 Feb 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. ^ 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