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Frosty

Old Fiero Powerhouse in Pontiac (MI) demolished

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Pontiac - The city of Pontiac started their weekend off with a bang, blowing up the old Pontiac Fiero Powerhouse Saturday morning.

Part of the Fisher Body Plant that helped build the Pontiac Fiero GT, the powerhouse was closed in the 1980's. Located on the southeast corner of Baldwin Avenue and East Kennett, the building went down around 8:30 a.m..

Unlike past demolitions that left something to be desired (looking at you Silverdome), this implosion went off without a hitch.

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/old-fiero-powerhouse-in-pontiac-demolished

 

Another piece of the "old" Pontiac complex is now lost to the wrecking ball. As JUSTA6 and I know from personal experience, much of the 'old Pontiac' complex' has been torn down. In some cases, it has made way for new things - like a new Post Office and sorting center. However, it most cases, it has been torn down to reduce the property tax burden. In fact, it's ironic that on the corner of Baldwin Road and Columbia Ave a U Pull and Save Auto Parts wrecking yard now resides - where a new car factory once stood.

 

 

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Ringo64

Bummer, history gone and imploded... 😢 . Whoever did that video had way too fun

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Frosty

It was someone from the local Fox-2 Detroit TV affiliate. Yeah they did have too much time on their hands.

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reveredGTO

I worked on several construction projects at the PMD site from 2014 to 2018.  The site's history still fascinates me.  The only production building left is Plant 14, it's a stamping plant now.  The administration and engineering buildings are now home of GM's Global Propulsion Systems, which used to be called GM Powertrain and 3,000 of those employees were moved to the Warren Tech Center earlier this year.

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Frosty

I worked at the Administration and Engineering buildings from 1998 to 2006, when it was called GM Powertrain. I moved there right after closing Buick City in Flint.

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reveredGTO

When I first got there I saw the floor slabs where the plants used to be and couldn't help but think of the stories that place could tell.

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JUSTA6

I hired in to plant 9 (engine plant) in 1977.   My wife worked at Fischer body (then soon to be renamed the fiero plant). There were miles of steam tunnels connecting the plants as well as the overhead body transfer from Fischer to PMD.   I would cross to see her on our breaks/lunch.  All about knowing where the cameras were and how to get around them.  They used to let us bring in parts, tag them and hand off to my contact in plating.  Many of the Sunbirds brackets/valve covers ect were PMD chrome plated and still look perfect today. 

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