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1839

The Spark Plug is InventedAfrican-American inventor Edmond Berger invented the precursor to the modern spark plug.

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1890

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5 CLARK ST MI AVE COS FS

MANUFACTURING FREIGHT CARS & AUTOS FOR 150 YEARS

Few sites in Southwest Detroit provide more insights into the city’s industrial evolution than those that were established on 46 acres south of Michigan Avenue. American Car and Foundry was one of the city’s early manufacturers of railroad freight cars. Although it evolved into one of the nation’s largest industrial trusts prior to the turn of the 20th century, its facilities were moved out of state in the course of consolidation. 

In 1919, General Motors began construction on the Cadillac production facility.  When completed in 1926, it was one of the most modern operations in the world − producing luxury automobiles for more than sixty years. In 1997, its operations and those of its sister Fisher Body Fleetwood plant were consolidated into the GM Hamtramck facility. General Motors and its partners then launched the development of the Clark Street Industrial Park, Vitec a minority owned supplier of plastic gas tanks was one of the early anchors and was recently acquired by Kautex / Textron. The Ideal Group led an effort to develop, with two other Hispanic owned businesses, the Hispanic Manufacturing Center on a portion of the site. The Guide hopes to highlight these firms in future posts.

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PHOTO CREDITS

General Motors Media Archives
Clark St Cadillac Assembly

Kel Keller
Clark Street Technology Park Entry

 

 

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 1 WELCOME TITLE 10.16.20

 

2 Text 10.20.20

  

1 FIRMS SITES Welcome

 

2 COMMUNITY HISTORY Welcome

 

3 LABOR ROOTS Welcome

 

4 WE AUTO KNOW MORE Welcome

 

5 BUILD THE GUIDE Welcome

 

6 MAP Welcome

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Detroit Historical Society
Lincoln Motor Car Company / Ford Local 600 Women’s Auxiliary Workshop

Detroit Public Library, National Automotive History Collection
DeSoto Plant

Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Michigan Central Station Passengers / GM Cadillac Sit Down Strike Pickets

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