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2004 ruling prevents another ‘Poletown’

By May 12, 2008 No Comments

Twenty-seven years ago, the city of Detroit and General Motors Corp.’s quest to obtain 465 acres of land to build a Cadillac plant in an old Hamtramck-Detroit neighborhood was adamantly resisted by the residents who lived there. Even activist Ralph Nader swooped into town to support the residents.

But the city and the corporation won, and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant opened in 1986. Today, the 3.6 million-square-foot plant manufactures the Cadillac DTS, the Buick Lucerne and some special vehicles such as the presidential limousine and Mary Kay cars. It employs about 1,700, according to Janine Fruehan, GM manager of communications.

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