Continental Motors Company
Continental Motors produced engines for a variety of applications beginning in 1905. They also briefly produced Continental branded cars (the Ace, Flyer and Beacon) in the 1930's which were not particularly successful. During WWII the plant, like so many industrial manufacturers of the time, profited from the production of airplane engines for the war effort. The company was involved in a lawsuit related to the smell and noise emanating from the plant. The company won but wound up closing the plant anyway in the 1970's. Continental Engines itself is no more, but portions of the company were bought up be Teledyne and production of Continental aviation engines continues today.
Fisher Body 21
The Fisher Body Company was founded in 1908 by the two eldest Fisher brothers, Fred and Charles, along with their uncle, Albert Fisher. The company began supplying bodies for Cadillac and Buick almost immediately in 1910 giving them their start building bodies for American auto companies. By 1913 Fisher was capable of producing 100,000 bodies per year and was manufacturing bodies for Ford, Krit, Chalmers, Cadillac, and Studebaker. In 1919 General Motors purchased 60% of the company and began incorporating it as an in house body factory. That same year Fisher Body 21, the signature factory of the company, was constructed.
Packard Plant
The iconic 35 acre former home of Packard Motor Car Company was designed by legendary architect Albert Kahn. It pioneered the use of reinforced concrete in construction and was considered the most modern production facility in the world at the time of it's construction in 1903.

Automotive Industry


Structures involved in the manufacture of automobiles.