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GM's Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint Renovated, Reopened

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Chevrolet Classic Six, built in Flint in 1913 (Dale G Young/Detroit News via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 May 2017 09:21 AM

General Motors has opened its renovated Durant-Dort Factory One building – considered its birthplace in Flint, Michigan – as re-purposed event space with room for 300 offices.

While GM never built a vehicle in the building, which dates back to the 1880s, its founders William Crapo Durant and Josiah Dallas Dort leased the facility for its Road Cart Co., reported the Detroit News. That led to Durant taking over the Buick Motor Co. and later founding GM in 1908.

In 2013, GM purchased the 30,000-square-foot building for an undisclosed sum and paid for more than $3 million in preservation and renovation efforts.

"Factory One sparked the global auto industry and was a catalyst in the formation of General Motors," said Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain. "It preserves the stories of the early visionaries who built a brand-new industry in this city, within the very walls of where it happened."

GM said Factory One will not only include event and office space for community and educational purposes, but will be the home for more than 100,000 historical documents, photos and other artifacts related to automotive giant's history.

It will host other information documenting the carriage-building industry and early automotive manufacturing in the Flint area, GM said. The documents are being relocated from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, noted GM.

"Factory One is part of the very fabric of Flint, and its reopening is as much about the future as it is the past," said Kevin Kirbitz, Factory One's operations manager. "It is a tremendous community asset and academic resource that will educate and inspire generations to come."

News of Factor One's opening was a small bit of good news for the once bustling industrial city that has become better known for a lead-contaminated drinking water crisis that dates back to 2014, noted National Public Radio.

GM closed of one of its last major car factories in Flint in 1999, displacing some 2,900 workers, according to The New York Times. That factory had produced Pontiac Bonneville and Buick LeSabre sedans, ending an era for the GM and the city.

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General Motors has opened its renovated Durant-Dort Factory One building – considered its birthplace in Flint, Michigan – as re-purposed event space with room for 300 offices.
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