Pontiac in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Refining Production, Perfecting the Ride
Rigorous testing and refinement of design, engineering and build processes is needed before going to full production since difficulty in making changes multiplies as mass production increases. Testing vehicles in sample road conditions and technical centers at proving grounds is merely one method used. During World War II, General Motors (GM) tested its military products- including amphibious vehicles and guns - at sites in and around Pontiac. GM invested $103 million in a validation testing center, opened in 2001 at the former Pontiac West Assembly Plant, to build prototype trucks and test production systems, the first of its kind. And, there is no substitute for testing on the roads we drive on every day.
You Auto Know
The Pontiac Eas ASsembly Plant once on Opdyke Road produced 200,000 trucks a year before closing in 2009.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 2001.
Location. 42° 38.473′ N, 83° 17.657′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Lafayette Street, on the right when traveling south on Oakland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 Oakland Avenue, Pontiac MI 48342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Made in Pontiac (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Inspiration Road (approx. ¼ mile away); A Record Of Innovation (approx. ¼ mile away); Molten Metal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parades and People-Watching (approx. 0.3 miles away); Outstanding Architecture (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.