FLINT FACTORY ONE

Factory One is one of Flints most iconic buildings with a rich history. In 1886, William Crapo “Billy” Durant and business partner Josiah Dallas Dort leased the facility and formed the Flint Road Cart Company – which became the Durant-Dort Carriage Factory and one of the largest carriage builders in the world. Around 1917 the carriage company was converted into making automobiles. 

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After changing hands several times over the years, GM purchased factor one in 2013. April 1st, 2016, while the building was being restored, Kevin Kerbitz, a former engineer with GM became the operations manager of Factory One. Factory one serves as an archive, research center, and event space as well as has a collection of early GM vehicles. Most notably, an early horse-drawn wagon built in this very building.  The building accommodates up to 300 people. 

 

Factory one is another important example of why preserving buildings like this is important to a cities history and the people who live there. Factory One is open to tours to the public. Take the time to visit this historic site, or call 810-777-5101 for information. Please take the time to watch the video or visit their website that is linked below. 

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A partial view of the archives brought over from Kettering University