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Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:14 PM

I drove past the shuttered Lordstown Assembly Plant on Thursday. A ghost town (Short Video)

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This covers just over a mile along Eastbound I-80, the Ohio Turnpike. The plant property is about 1.2 miles long and about .6 of a mile wide. Toward the end, after the building ends, the large paved area stretching into the distance was new car shipping, with numbered spaces or "bays" for over 5000 units.

The video has no narration because I was on a team trip and my co-driver was asleep 3 feet behind me! This was recorded Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at roughly 2:30 in the afternoon. In it's heyday the employee lot would have been full at this time of day and the shipping area would have been packed with new cars as far back as you can see.

Thousands of local families have been adversely affected by the closing of this plant, but there is news of a new tenant.


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A HERETIC I AM Jan 10 OP
Skittles Jan 10 #1
blm Jan 10 #2
A HERETIC I AM Jan 10 #3
Ohiogal Jan 10 #4
A HERETIC I AM Jan 10 #5
msongs Jan 10 #6
A HERETIC I AM Jan 10 #7
democrank Jan 11 #8
llmart Jan 11 #9
keithbvadu2 Jan 11 #10
MineralMan Jan 11 #11
A HERETIC I AM Jan 11 #14
MineralMan Jan 11 #15
LudwigPastorius Jan 11 #12
A HERETIC I AM Jan 11 #16
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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:25 PM

1. sad

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:35 PM

2. Thank you for this

From the bottom of this Buckeye’s heart.

😥

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Response to blm (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:41 PM

3. You're welcome.

I wish it was better quality, but it's the first time I've been by there since the last new car was moved out, and I wanted to get a shot of the empty yards.

The trip I just completed takes me by no fewer than 5 large assembly plants and within spitting distance of another 4 or 5, several in Ohio alone.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:44 PM

4. Thank you.

I’ve driven this way many times.

Seeing it look this way is just heartbreaking.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:00 PM

5. Yup

Been by it more time than I can count, myself. Hauled cars out of there a time or two as well.

The fact is, the big 3 have pretty much given up on building passenger cars in the continental US. They have given that business over to the foreign makes who have plants here, from M-B, BMW and VW, to Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Kia and the rest.

It won't be long before the only passenger cars the "American" auto makers build here will be Corvettes and Mustangs.

And don't be surprised if we see the folding of the Buick marquee fairly soon. It's going to go the way of Olds and Pontiac.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:16 PM

6. co-driver asleep, you making the video, who is...driving? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:18 PM

7. It's magic.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 01:18 AM

8. 1.2 miles of heartbreak.

Really sad

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 08:26 AM

9. Interesting.

Thanks for this from a born and raised Buckeye who left in the 80's.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 01:34 PM

10. Hey, Donald! The Trump economy closed the Ohio plant.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 01:42 PM

11. There used to be a Ford manufacturing plant in St. Paul, MN.

It was opened in 1914 to build Model Ts. Before it was closed, it was making Ford Ranger pickups. In fact, the 1996 Ranger I own was built in that plant.

Ford stopped making the Ranger a few years ago, but has now re-introduced it to the market again. However, the plant in St. Paul is gone. It has been demolished. Only the hydroelectic power plant on the site is still there. Once, there was a silica sand mine on the site, as well, along with a glass-making factory. Those are gone now, too.

The site will be redeveloped soon. It will be home to apartment buildings and other structures, along with open space and recreational facilities. But, it will no longer be a place where St. Paul residents go to work everyday to build Fords.

Here in St. Paul, if you're looking for a used small pickup truck, you'll have a very hard time finding anything but Ford Rangers. They're everywhere. St. Paulites bought them almost as fast as the factory could make them. It's interesting to see how loyal people here were to their local auto plant.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:20 PM

14. Ford built the Ranger in Edison, NJ as well.

That plant is a vacant lot now.

There are numerous plants around the country that have been closed for years now. Both GM and Ford had plants in Atlanta for example, with General Motors operating two (Doraville and Lakewood Heights), all of which have been demolished.

The list of closed GM plants is longer than the list of currently operating ones;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_General_Motors_factories

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:25 PM

15. I didn't know that about the Ranger. Thanks.

Factories do become obsolete for sure. Often, new auto manufacturing technology simply won't work in some old factory buildings. When Ford stopped building the Ranger, they shut the St. Paul plant down. It probably would have been uneconomical to reconfigure it for a different model, I suppose. It was an old-fashioned factory design. Remodeling it for a new line, probably would have cost more than building a new plant designed for that new assembly line. I don't know, but that plant is a huge vacant lot now, about to become a new neighborhood in St. Paul. Other old factory complexes here are also being torn down. What will replace them? I don't know.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 01:56 PM

12. Wow, that is a massive plant.


Now, 6 million square feet of idle machinery, thanks to Trump.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:28 PM

16. While I'm certainly no fan of the guy, this closing had more to do with the changes in the industry

in general, than it did directly with Trump.

As I mentioned above, the "Big 3" have almost completely given up on building passenger cars in the US. They still build them overseas, but often those plants are operated or partly owned by other car makers. For the most part, the automobiles built in North America by Ford, GM and Chrysler are more and more only pickups, "crossovers" and SUV's. They more or less can build a large pickup and have it roll off the line with $5000 profit to the plant already in the price.

They just weren't able to keep up with the likes of the Honda's, Toyota's and Nissan's of the world when it came to making passenger cars profitably.

They are leaving the car building to the other, global makers.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:03 PM

13. I used to drive by that plant during my many cross sountry trips and was always amazed

at the size and activity that was always happening.
sad to see it like this

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:30 PM

17. It's a massive facility, no doubt.

I had heard it was the largest automobile assembly complex in the world for a time.

Googling that question now does not give that answer, but it was my understanding that Lordstown held that distinction back in the 90's

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