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Automobile Manufacturing Plants in Los Angeles County

Company

Plant Name

Location

Products

Year Opened

Year Closed

Ford

Los Angeles Assembly Plant (Original)

Originally @ 12th & Olive St, then (1912) @ E Seventh St & Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles

Ford Model T

1911

1930

Willys-Overland

California Factory

6201 Randolph St, Maywood

Jeep

1929

1954

Ford

Long Beach Assembly Plant

700 N Henry Ford Ave, Long Beach

Ford Model A

1930

1959

Chrysler

Los Angeles Plant

5800 S Eastern Ave, Commerce

Dodge, Plymouth

1932

1971

Studebaker Los Angeles Assembly Plant 4530 Loma Vista Ave, Vernon Studebaker 1938 1956

Ford

Maywood Assembly Plant

5801 S Eastern Ave, Commerce

Lincoln, Mercury

1948

1957

Kaiser-Frazer Long Beach Assembly Plant Long Beach (Adjacent to Airport) Deluxe, Special, Traveler 1949 1951

General Motors

South Gate Assembly Plant

2720 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate

Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac

1936

1982

General Motors

Van Nuys Assembly Plant

Van Nuys

Chevrolet, Pontiac

1947

1992

Nash Motors/American Motors

El Segundo Plant

El Segundo

Nash

1948

1955

Ford

Los Angeles Assembly Plant (Latter)

8820 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera

Mercury, Edsel

1958

1980

 

In 1914, Ford Motor Company opened Southern California's earliest auto assembly plant in Los Angeles to assemble Model T Fords. In 1930, Ford moved its manufacturing to a plant in Long Beach alongside the harbor and produced 1.5 million vehicles there before closing the plant in 1959. Many employees from the closed plant transferred to the Ford plant in Pico Rivera.

During World War II, all automobile manufacturing for civilian use came to a halt. Most plants were converted to military production, some manufacturing aircraft and aircraft parts.

The GM plant in South Gate was the first to build multiple car lines as an effort to cut production costs during the Great Depression. During the 1950s, it put out more vehicles than any other GM plant.

 When the second Ford plant opened in 1930 in Long Beach, the original Los Angeles Assembly Plant to be closed had been producing 225 cars daily.

 The Los Angeles Assembly Plant of Ford Motor Company closed in 1980 and was purchased by Northrup Grumman for aircraft manufacturing. It became the home of the B-2 Bomber.

 Portions of the sites of the former auto manufacturing plant in Pico Rivera (Ford) and in Van Nuys (GM) are now shopping centers.

 

 

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