Our coverage of the Packard Plant Project has also shed light on the recent developments at the Studebaker Factory complex, the buildings that remain there, and those that have been torn down. Starting back in 2008 the City of South Bend and Notre Dame University have moved forward with plans to implement a State-Certified Technology Park for high-potential technologies and ventures. It is located at two different spots in the City; Innovation Park is at Notre Dame where new ideas and startups form and the 118-acre Ignition Park at the former Studebaker site in South Bend, Indiana is for those that that succeed and need more room to expand.
The large Studebaker Engineering Department building was torn down in 2013 to make way for Ignition Park. The two-story building on the far right of today’s photo courtesy of the Studebaker National Museum Archives is the Automakers oldest Engineering Building that was first used in the late-1800s when the Company was building carriages and wagons. It has survived and today is the new home of the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory that had outgrown its home at the University.
The Laboratory is now located in the old Studebaker building and tests turbo machininey that is driven by water, air, or gasses and develop useful power. Many of these turbos are used by the aerospace, aircraft and transportation industries. Learn more, and view a photo of one of the machines at Forbes Online.
- The older Engineering Building is on the far-right below with the Powerplant Building in the background, on the left is Building 78 and new Studebaker M-Series trucks in the foreground.