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Default Update - Wixom Assembly Plant ~ 1957-2007

Here is an update on the Wixom plant, closed in 2007 and from what Dave ~ simplyconnected, tells me, is now a shopping mall. From wikipedia.

The Wixom assembly plant was one of Ford's largest and oldest manufacturing sites. It opened April 15, 1957, and was ultimately expanded to encompass 4.7 million square feet. Over the plant's 50 years of operation it produced 6,648,806 automobiles. The last car produced was a white chocolate Lincoln Town Car which rolled off the line at 12:55pm on May 31, 2007.

During its long history, the plant was mainly used for the manufacture of Lincolns and the Ford Thunderbird. The Lincoln Town Car and the Ford GT were also produced there. Production of the Lincoln LS ended in early April 2006 and production of the Ford GT stopped on September 21, leaving the Town Car as the plant's final product.

Wixom was the most profitable plant in the industry during the 1980s when Cadillac downsized its lineup and lost ground to Lincoln. Due to Lincoln's falling sales, Ford announced on January 23, 2006 that the Wixom plant would be idled in 2007 as part of The Way Forward. Some analysts argued that the plant might not be closed. A report in The Oakland Press stated, "The fate of the Wixom plant, however, will depend on the shape of Ford's future product plan, which seems to be currently in flux." Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm, reportedly offered $115 million in tax cuts to keep the plant open. The plant was nonetheless idled in 2007, and by mid-June 2008, while Ford was able to find buyers for other idled plants, Wixom remained unsold.

1958–2002 Lincoln Continental
1958–2005 Ford Thunderbird
1980–1983 Lincoln Mark VI
1981–2007 Lincoln Town Car
1984–1992 Lincoln Mark VII
1993–1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
2000–2006 Lincoln LS
2005–2006 Ford GT

Carl Heller ~ partsetal, came up with an excellent idea in a recent conversation with me. He suggested that Ford host a Retired/Ex Wixom Plant Retirees event, honoring those who built Thunderbirds, Lincolns, and Ford GT's during the history of the plant. This coupled with present Tbird, Lincoln and Ford GT owners bringing their cars that were built at Wixom during its history should be a very good event. I told Dave about this and he put me in contact with a friend of his, a retired Wixom employee, who worked at the plant from 1976-2006. He, in turn, put me in contact with My Ford Magazine, who put me in contact with To them, I gave the above suggestion. In 2017, it will be the 60th anniversary of the founding of Wixom. That might be a great time to hold such an event. I will let you know what Ford has to say about this.

Wixom Assembly Plant History

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