was a General Motors
factory in Framingham, Massachusetts
which opened in 1947. The plant cost $12 million and was one of three new plants that year. At one point, the Framingham Assembly plant was the largest automotive manufacturing plant in the state, employing over 1,500 workers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
History & models
The first vehicle, produced on 26 February 1948, was a Buick
, with 23,388 more produced that first year. The factory was used by "BOP" (Buick, Oldsmobile
) and produced 697,574 cars by 1959. In August of that year, it became part of Fisher Body
, producing Chevrolet
, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile cars.
The factory was re-purposed again in May, 1968, changing from separate Fisher Body and Chevrolet Division operations to a combined operation under the new GM Assembly Division, to produce the Chevrolet Chevelle
and Pontiac Le Mans
. The Buick Skylark
and Oldsmobile Cutlass
were added in 1970, and the Pontiac GTO
was added the next year. In 1981, the Chevrolet Celebrity
and Pontiac 6000
were produced, with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
added for the 1983 model year.
The Framingham location was the center of several contentious tug-of-wars between Governor Michael Dukakis
and local politician Anthony M. Colonna
. After the town refused to sell General Motors a town owned piece of property GM desired for the construction of a new paint and plastics facility,<ref... Read More