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.
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.
A partial view of the archives brought over from Kettering University