In light of the recently announced closures of General Motors passenger car assembly plants at Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan we decided to take a look at two assembly plants GM has closed in the past. The new Chevrolet plant at Van Nuys, CA, located 22-miles northwest of Los Angeles and the GM plant in Freemont, CA, 34-miles southeast of the Oakland, CA plant it replaced.
The lead image shows part of the large crowd that attended a three-day grand opening at the Van Nuys facility held on February 19-21, 1948, and the nine large spotlights in front of the building used to guide visitors to the site in the evening hours. The photo (below) contains bumper to bumper traffic on Van Nuys Boulevard and people walking to the Plant to take the grand opening tour of the facility.
We will return in the near future with pictures of the assembly line in operation. Share with us what you find of interest in the photographs courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.