• Nov 18, 2010
General Motors is in the process of auctioning off what it can from the shell of its old company, giving plenty of other businesses and individuals a first-hand glimpse inside The General's old manufacturing plants. Popular Mechanics stopped by an auction at the old Pontiac Assembly East facility to see exactly what was going under the gavel and who was there to snap up the old tools of the trade. As you might expect, there were plenty of resellers there to buy large lots to be parceled out to individual buyers at a later date.

But interestingly enough, there were also a handful of former GM employees there with an eye toward coming home with a piece of their former work life. Everything from the massive, spot-welding robots that we've all seen flailing around in synchronous motion to the very work benches, lockers and tools that employees used during their tenure at the plant went out the door and into the hands of their new owners.

The whole PM piece is worth a read, if for no other reason than David Kiley's haunting descriptions of the dead plant. Take a look.

[Source: Popular Mechanics | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not turn it into a museum?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A little sad. My '03 Silverado 2500HD was built there and it's been a great truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "But interestingly enough, there were also a handful of former GM employees there with an eye toward coming home with a piece of their former work life."

      Johnny Cash got himself an entire Cadillac.


      You might say I went right up to the factory
      And picked it up, it's cheaper that way
      Ugh!, what model is it?

      Well, It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56
      '57, '58' 59' automobile
      It's a '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67
      '68, '69, '70 automobile.
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      After torpedoing the old GM with wage, pension,... costs, it will be interesting to see how the good ole UAW will put its death stink on the new version of GM. Interesting indeed.

      PS - I'll bet those trees in front of that state-of-the-art factory could fetch upwards of 35$ / each!
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, so right off the starting line, you've proven yourself economically ignorant and unworthy of offering a comment on the American economy. Let's read the first 4 sentences of your posting again:

      "Bash unions all you want. With the decline of unions in the US, you are now seeing (or refusing to see) a steady drop in income. The US middle class is dying. And this is killing America."

      Expressly, you suggest the cause of the steady drop in income and the dying middle class in the US is directly the result of declining union membership in the US??? Are you kidding me??? The only things unions have done to the US lately is drain US corporations of their flexiblilty and demand handouts/welfare from the US taxpayer, i.e., government.

      Dude, please reserve your comments to which colors or wheels you like on an Impala, and leave the heavy lifting to others that know what the F is up.

      • 4 Years Ago
      You have a good point, however unions ask for too high of wages and benefits. They get greedy and what happens is less people get hired or companies start outsourcing everything they can.

      The middle way is non-union. We cannot afford the luxury anymore. Wages go down anyways, one way or the other.

      Would you rather have a handful of union jobs and a barrel of outsourced ones? or lots of non-union jobs that are domestic.... i know which one i prefer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The amount of stuff they have for sale is mind blowing.
      Check out the list.

      https://www.motorsliquidation.com/PropertyList.aspx
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it include the cots where UAW members took their naps? Or how about bottle openers for their "40's"?

      Tools of the trade........
        • 4 Years Ago
        rotflmao!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably get a contact high just walking in there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      otomobil fiyatlari
      • 4 Years Ago
      Union free auto manufacturing seems to be working just fine in the south...
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the Popular Mechanics article, quoting a former union employee of the factory:

      "Work life and job performance at the plant, he says, were heavily affected by intramural union squabbles, like one worker from one trade trying to make another worker from another trade look bad or even compromising another worker's job performance."

      The unions and the employees who comprised their membership were the architects of their own downfall. Its hard for me to be sympathetic. Having read the Popular Mechanics article, your comments just seem foolish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if some Chinese buyers were there to get stuff to move to China for their own manufacturing sites.
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