Uninvited visitors aren't welcome yet, but General Motors is starting to prepare the Detroit-Hamtramck Volt Assembly Plant for a slew of outsiders ranging from auto enthusiasts to school children. Production of the Chevy Volt is officially scheduled to start in November, and eager visitors are already trying to get tours of the facility.
Plant manager Teri Quigley is anticipating huge public interest, and said the number of non-factory workers requesting daily access to the plant already exceeds the large 1,100-person workforce. Right now, the plant is only allowing in selected individuals, like press and media representatives. Before GM will allow public tours, the facility will undergo some transformations. The lobby will be filled with educational materials and videos about the Volt will be aired throughout the tour area. Quigley said she has high expectations for the Hamtramck plant tours, telling the Detroit Free Press that she expects up to five times as many people to tour the facility as would visit a normal plant. Tours are expected to kick-off when the Volt goes into production this November. Until then, access to the plant is by invite only.