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Gone but not Forgotten!!!
This page added 11-7-2017.
The Fisher Body Grand Rapids Plant was
actually in Wyoming, MI which is south of Grand Rapids. The
building of the plant was announced on December 20, 1935 as a huge
economic holiday present for the unemployed workers in the area during
the dark days of the Great Depression. 2,000 employees were hired
in 1936 to operate the punch presses turning out body parts would earn
$40 a week. This as good money in 1935.
The Grand Rapids Fisher Body Stamping Plant won the
Army-Navy "E" for Excellence Award on July 10, 1945.
Fisher Body Grand Rapids World War Two / WWII Production:
(550) 120mm AA guns - This was the signature war product for Fisher Body Grand Rapids.
It was the sole
producer of 120mm M1 Anti-Aircraft gun which entered service with the US
Army in the Philippines in 1945 . This weapon was in service with the US Army beginning in
1944 until 1960. Army National Guard units were the last to use
it, and it was replaced by the Nike missile system.
Fisher Body Grand Rapids also built components
and assemblies for B-25,
B-29, XP-75 aircraft, and M4, M10, M26, M8, M24 tanks. It produced
five inch Naval Gun Breech Housings, (551,772) 155mm HE
Shells, Machine Tools, and 90mm AA Gun parts along with the loaders and
rammers for the 120mm M1 Anti-Aircraft gun.
The Fisher Body Grand Rapids plant looking
west not long after it was built in 1936. The opening of the plant
and the resulting jobs were highly valued during the middle of the
depression in the Grand Rapids area. Buchanan Avenue SW runs north
south along the east side of the plant, and 36th Street is the east west
road in front of the plant in the far right of the photo. Today US
131 is just west of the railroad tracks.
This is one of the few surviving 120mm M1
Anti-Aircraft gun of the 550 built by Fisher Body Grand Rapids during
WWII. It is on display at the USS Alabama in Mobile, AL.
In April 1944 Army Ordnance requested Fisher
Body to produce 155mm artillery shells. Grand Rapids set up one
mile of conveyor lines for movement of the shells from one operation to
the next. It produced the first 155mm shell in September
and began production in October, a month ahead of schedule. Fisher
Body Grand Rapids did this after having to purchase new machine tools and
large heat treat furnaces to manufacture the shells. Two 300 ton
presses were needed to shape the noses on the shells. When
production stopped at the end of May 1945, the plant had produced
551,772 shells. 116,937 were produced in May 1945, the peak production
month for Fisher Body Grand Rapids. These two examples are at the
Museum of American Armor on Long Island, NY. Photo courtesy of
Fisher Body Grand Rapids produced five inch naval gun breeches for five
inch, 38 caliber guns like this one. This five inch gun can be
seen at the USS Sullivans at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and
Military Park in Buffalo, NY. Author's photo added 11-10-2017.
Below are weapons and equipment built
by other GM divisions.
Body Grand Rapids supplied
components and subassemblies for these weapons.
Fisher Body made components for the B-29
program. Author's photo.
The plant also made parts for the B-25s
produced at the North American B-25 plant in Fairfax, KS. Grand
Rapids along with many of the other Fisher Body plants contributed a
part percentage of the airframe components used to build the aircraft.
Grand Rapids contributed parts for this M4A2
Sherman tank built by the Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI Tank Arsenal.
It also manufactured parts for the M4A3
version of the Sherman built at Grand Blanc. Author's photo.
This is a Grand Blanc built M10 tank
destroyer. Grand Rapids furnished parts for this important armored
fighting vehicle. Author's photo.
The M26 Pershing was another of the tanks
built by Grand Blanc that Grand Rapids was involved with.
The M24 built by Cadillac had Grand Rapids
Fisher Body parts in it. Author's photo.
The end of the Grand Rapids Fisher Body plant.
The author's photos below were taken on February 18, 2017 of what
was in 2001 one of the most efficient plants in the United States.
From 2001 to 2007 General Motors invested $100 million in the plant to
only close it in 2008, and causing 1,480 persons to loose their jobs.
The plant was razed in 2011.
The view looking east along 36th Street. The only remaining
structure of significance is the walkway over 36th Street from the
parking lot on the north side of the road. It is surprising that
it was not torn down with the rest of the plant.
The structure that held the sign identifying
this as being the Grand Rapids Stamping Plant stands next to a "For
Looking north west from Buchanan Avenue SW.
Looking south west from Buchanan Avenue SW.
Everything is gone.
Well almost everything is gone. This
security gate for incoming and outgoing trucks and the scale to weigh
them is still there. The power sub-station for the plant can be
seen in the far right of the photo.