Historic Cadillac plant to close
Cadillac’s Detroit-Hamtramck factory is among four plants to close in 2019.
Opened in 1985, General Motors overcame local protestations and controversy to build Detroit-Hamtramck, which replaced Cadillac’s pre-war Detroit assembly plant.
Three generations of famous Cadillac nameplates ended their run at DetroitHamtramck; the Seville, Eldorado and DeVille were produced there from third, ninth and seventh generations onward. Detroit-Hamtramck also formed the end of the much-vaunted ‘air bridge’ between Italy and the USA when Cadillac’s Allanté was in production; bodyshells would be welded and sprayed at Pininfarina’s San Giorgio Canvese facility near Turin, then air-freighted on specially fitted Alitalia 747s for their running gear to be fitted.