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Thanks, Lamar, for contributing that excellent article for the July "Bugle".  This was super -- and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

I hope you will someday find a perfect place to mount and display those great letters from the exterior of the assembly plant!

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Thanks guys, it was a hoot!!! I had uncles and cousins who worked there back in the 60-80's so have always heard it talked about. Glad y'all enjoyed it. I enjoyed writing it and working with Cindy and Pete to put it together.

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Very nice story on Doraville, Lamar—thanks for sharing it with us in the Bugle.

 

The red '66 Impala SS Sport Coupe parked in the garage next to our '40 Roadmaster was built at Doraville the first week of April, 1966. It's great to know so much more now about its "place of birth."

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Thanks JohnD. I talked to a couple of old guys (as in other old guys) who were walking around that had worked there, one for 30 years. He told of when they brought the stamping machines in they had to close I-285 and rebuild part of the roadway in order to get them moved in. BTW both the guys I talked to were wearing hearing aids.

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I too wanted to mention the wonderful article Lamar had written concerning a great piece of GM history in GA.  I could sense the nostalgia and what felt like walking on hollowed ground as I read the article.  It is hard to see history of this magnitude that influenced the entire area for those that worked at this factory be taken down.   Again, a great story much enjoyed!      

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Joe, to hear that coming from you, I am truly humbled. Thank you so much for those kind words.  I have been meaning to post about your latest Bugle tech articles "Dynaflow Transmission Operation" and others from years past and now feel bad that I kept putting it off. Thanks to several members here who have contributed great articles, not to mention the great editorial staff of Pete and Cindy, the Bugle just keeps getting better and better. Thanks Joe!!

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OK so I haven't said anything about it but there is another BCA connection to the Doraville site. 20 Acres was sold to my employer, I am managing the redevelopment of that section of the site into 2 car dealerships and a collision center (not a Buick dealership...sorry). It's a very exciting project for my company and this will be a show piece dealership complex for us. It is the largest construction project in our history, and one of the largest I've ever done in my 12 year auto retail construction management career. I shared Lamar's article with my boss, peers and my employees as well as the design and construction team working on the project so they could appreciate the history of the site.

 

Here is an article about our little piece of Doraville.

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/07/23/asbury-automotive-to-build-two-new-dealerships-at.html

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Thanks Brian,  for the congrats and also for informing me of the fact I had received it. Father Buick had also let me know. Must say I was surprised as it has been so long since the article came out. And if Pete Phillips is reading, THANK YOU!!!  I really feel honored as there have been so many articles since it that were surely better than mine. But hey, I will gladly accept it. One reason it means so much to me is that for years  I encouraged my daughter to pursue a BS then a masters in English or Journalism. She did and is now enjoying writing and editing at RedHat in Raleigh. Can't wait to let her see what her ol' "daddio" received.  :)

 

So Brian, I have not been by the site since the auction. I can not orient myself in your pictures to where the old main building is/was? It was said that it would remain, did it?

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2 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Thanks Brian,  for the congrats and also for informing me of the fact I had received it. Father Buick had also let me know. Must say I was surprised as it has been so long since the article came out. And if Pete Phillips is reading, THANK YOU!!!  I really feel honored as there have been so many articles since it that were surely better than mine. But hey, I will gladly accept it. One reason it means so much to me is that for years  I encouraged my daughter to pursue a BS then a masters in English or Journalism. She did and is now enjoying writing and editing at RedHat in Raleigh. Can't wait to let her see what her ol' "daddio" received.  :)

 

So Brian, I have not been by the site since the auction. I can not orient myself in your pictures to where the old main building is/was? It was said that it would remain, did it?

 the second picture shows where the plant was in the background, but unfortunately they tore down everything. nothing is left but a slab. Here is a more comprehensive satellite view from Google.

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1 hour ago, 38Buick 80C said:

 the second picture shows where the plant was in the background, but unfortunately they tore down everything. nothing is left but a slab. Here is a more comprehensive satellite view from Google.

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Sorry to hear they did not follow through with what told the day we were there regarding the original building was going to remain. Makes one wonder what else will be changed from the original plans of developing the city within the city. So I suppose you visit your project pretty often. If I ever come that way I may give you a buzz and let you give me a tours of your project. Thanks again for bringing this back to the top and keeping us updated.

 

2 hours ago, smithbrother said:

Happy for you, KING OF THE FITTY FO'S.

 

l love that rich BLACK soil, great shots from the air toooooooooooooooooooo!,

 

Dale in Indy

 

Thanks  Smitty!

 

 

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My PM on this project has been out on maternity leave so yeah I have been there a lot the past 12 weeks. She came back today, so I am there Friday and then again Monday, but probably not a lot again until end of the year.

 

Oh and by the way my contractor has not pulled any Buicks or parts out of the ground (not even a Pontiac or an Olds), unfortunately...

 

no comment on the master developer...

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So we had our grand opening last week. I know y'all wont care for the brand of car, but the building itself is freakin' cool... it is the first one in the world of Nissan's new image program. check it out

http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-s-new-retail-design-debuts-at-nalley-nissan-of-atlanta/photos

 

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