General Motors has signed a purchase agreement for the Durant-Dort Carriage Company factory in Flint, Michigan for an undisclosed sum. Calling the location "Factory One," GM President of North America Mark Reuss said he isn't sure what will be done with the site yet, but when it's "reborn" it will "be great and it's going to be something we can all be proud of - GM and Flint."

According to Wikipedia, William Durant co-founded the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. with Josiah Dallas Dort in 1886. They leased a factory to build carriages from the Flint Woolen Mills, and the office building across the street is where Durant dreamed up the idea for General Motors - coincidentally, both David Dunbar Buick and Charles Nash, who would open their own respective car companies, worked for the carriage company.

GM will also take over the upkeep of the carriage company's office building. It has been suggested that the boardroom there could become a museum, but publicly all we know is that Reuss says, "We're going to make that area a really special area." Scroll down to watch a video offering a bit of history on the venture, as well as an announcement message from GM's Reuss.




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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ruess is the CEO now? I hope so one day...but for now its still \"zero automotive experience or knowledge\" Dan Akerson.
      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Museum! With the LeSabre show car under a glass skylight right when you go in.
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        Eric Hamby
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow. GM purchased back all their stock along with Chrysler. Also the government never did anything to tell GM what to make or not make. Your a special kind of stupid arent you.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eric Hamby
          While I dont aagree with the original post, your post is just as far off base. while the gov may not have told GM what to build (design wize) they most certainly had they talons in the company and still do.
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eric Hamby
          I don't think they meant to say it was state-directed, but rather that government intervention lead to the creation of the current GM, which is a fact you should probably acknowledge rather than play the apologist card. Nobody cares about yours or their political ideals (or lack thereof), we're not facing the same company Durant started as the original GM has died.
        Toneron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yup. Bummer.
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      Diz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great. And while they're at it, why don't they put a model of a corpse with a knife stuck in its back to represent the thousands of creditors and shareholders who were screwed.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Happy to see a piece of history safe for now.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM has been through a lot- died and came back to life. Let\'s hope that by looking to the past, to their beginnings, their history, they can once again become a great corporation- led by real product men and women.
      Toneron
      • 1 Year Ago
      This. Is. AWESOME!!!!
      SYE
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the point of a museum -- especially one nobody will ever visit? With the building in Flint, it would make sense to make the building a space for UM-Flint and or Kettering University engineering students to use.
        Josh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SYE
        What's the point? Not being embrassed when you ask people to 'visit detroit'...
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's great for GM to able to secure their ancestral home. Stuff like this just makes me giddy
      Vincent Teron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad my tax dollars could go toward something so useful... an old abandoned building.
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