• Mar 11, 2009
Ford assembly plant in Hapeville, Georgia - Click above to enlarge

Ford's assembly plant in Hapeville, Georgia stopped producing the last generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable back in late 2006. At that time, Ford had long since ceased selling the Taurus to the general public, as the last remaining units went directly into fleet service.

Autoblog reader Drachen sent us these images recently of the Hapeville plant that produced the original Taurus, or rather, what's left of it. The site was purchased by Jacoby Development in June 2008 and demolition of its buildings began last August. On February 12 they tore down the final standing structure, which happened to be the main assembly building. Commuters on nearby I-75 had driven past the building countless times and seen the large blue oval and "Atlanta Assembly - World Acclaimed Home of Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable" on its side.

Times have changed. The Taurus name was resurrected a couple of years ago to replace the Five Hundred moniker on Ford's large sedan, which has been significantly redesigned for the 2010 model year. That car, however, will obviously not be built in the 60-year-old plant that proudly pieced together the last model, but rather Ford's Chicago Assembly plant.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      How sad. I once took my Taurus SHO on a road trip from Southern Oklahoma to Georgia back in '96 and got to see where my baby was built. A homecoming of sorts for my girl...(sniff)....
      • 5 Years Ago
      probably put a flipping Walmart- Costco super center.

      its amazing how small the backhoe looks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To Erik:

        I live in Atlanta and i'm trilled that its gone. To me it looked like a big Ford prision.

        Oh...and your thing about profits going to other countries.

        I'll make sure to mail the check for my next Subaru directly to Fuji. And the Subaru after that, and the one after that.

        See what i did there? I spun it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they are planning a mixed use development there since it is so close to the airport. I read in the local paper that it should consist of more hotel and office space and ofcourse more shopping. It will just makes my commute past that site even more difficult.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the GM plant here in Linden, NJ. Third Shopping Mall in this area is planned to be built there. I guess money does really work, eh?

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/29276650@N07/2812962612/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad to see it go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        IRONY.
        In that streetview, spin around and you will see a Camry in front of the old Taurus factory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive past this site on the regular & while I'm not THAT big of a Ford fan...this certainly hurts...if only the new Taurus could be built there....

      Besides, their building an Atlanta Station type of area, which the first one is downtown, not even 10 minutes from this site...Atlanta has become so senseless...condos that no one can afford nor buy right now & these shopping venues...smh
      • 5 Years Ago
      One side of me feels sad that this is what has become of so many manufacturing facilities in this country.

      The other feels it's more of a symbol that Ford has broken it's old product tradition for a new one, as the last of the old Taurus' is the prime example of what the domestics did wrong in their recent past- allowing the product the wither on the vine. I'd say throw in another picture of the currently running Chicago Assembly Plant as an example of the future directionbut I'm afraid the outside is nothing to look at, it's pretty old and wouldnt' capture the story. I do understand that the inside has all the latest in flexible manufacturing though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad, that plant and its employees built some good cars. I always preferred an Atlanta built Taurus/Sable over a Chicago built one. I learned to drive in mom's Atlanta built Taurus wagon, and owned an Atlanta built Sable. Most of my family members have owned various Taurus/Sables over the years, and we grew to enjoy that "Built with Pride in Atlanta, GA" sticker that would be on the right rear door window.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also good that the Atlanta Tauruses and Sables didn't have the Chicago dogleg rust issue.

        Both my Sable and my Taurus were built in Atlanta. Sad to see it go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Taurus was never really out of production or "resurrected." It's true that the 2007s went to fleet sales, but they were soon enough available through dealers anyway. And then the 500 became the Taurus in 2008.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The warehouse structure in the photo is now completely gone and the rest of the plant is now completely demolished. The brick and stone administrative building still remains standing for the moment.

      Meanwhile, the future plans for this site are on hold due to the economy. It WAS going to be a mixed-use housing/retail/hotel development, or maybe a casino. All that stuff has been pushed off into the far future.

      The site's new owners were under obligation to tear down the old plant anyway so they had to do it regardless of the economy.

      But the first reincarnation for this site will be nothing more than a park-and-ride commuter parking lot. Yep. A freaking parking lot.

      For those of us who still have jobs that need commuting to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I totally cannot focus on the scale of the pic. How tall was that building? At first i thought it was just a ripped up cargo container, then i saw the lightpole, and then the construction crane and saw it was a building. what was in that building, and why did it have to be so tall? sorry for my ignorance, but the only tall assembly building i ever saw was the VAB for the space shuttle. it rains inside that building it is so tall (or at least my NASA tour guide said it did).
      • 5 Years Ago
      America's heavy industry has been plagued by the lack of long term investments in technology. When money was rolling in, they fell asleep on their crown and thought it will keep going while others were hard at work building future technologies. Ford is the only American car maker that noticed that and put incredible efforts to work and turn the boat around, and it seems like it's happening.

      Also, America signed unfavorable trade agreements with other countries....why are there HUGE import duties on US products in some Asian countries when they can sell their products here with little to no import duties? If they charge a 50% import duty, why shouldn't the U.S. return the 'favor' ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What products does Ford build here in the USA that you would like to see sold in those Asian countries?
        • 5 Years Ago
        HH23, I suggest you go read up on the tarrifs we impose on products before you make those claims. For instance the USA 25% tariff imposed on trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't buy our products anyways. All we do is bend over backwards for these countries that are just licking their chops waiting to rummage through the pieces of whats left of America. Yikes, you don't get it. They put tariffs on our products and we don't put them on theirs. We just let them and their workers have a free ride. I think these people on here make me sick on their naivety.

        Once all the American factories are gone, see how quick the Asians close theirs and move them offshore.

        I have yet to figure out why people are so far up Toyota and these Asian companies. Could Yikes or the gentleman who was proud to be sending his paycheck on his leased Subaru's to Asia tell me why? You guys or girls need to wake up and look around. America's best days are behind her because of people like you. Selling out America's future 4 cents on the dollar.
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