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Sleepy Hollow was once the site of a massive General Motors plant. The corporation abandoned the plant in 1996, and the town is still grappling with how best to develop the riverfront tract where the plant once stood...
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GGP: 3rd Aug 2005 - 14:54 GMT
Ooooooooooooh. Love those first 2 shots mucho mucho--they gimme the bloooos.
elaine: 3rd Aug 2005 - 14:55 GMT
swimming pools and cars, and abandoned stuff - i'm feeling jg ballard coming on
Peter: 3rd Aug 2005 - 14:59 GMT
i really wish i could have gotten further into the site, as opposed to just snapping a few shots from the other side of the fence. you cant really tell in teh photos, but there is alot of debris still around, mostly metal armatures and structural hardware sticking out of the pools and cement floors.
i heard this factory made engines, specifically for cadillacs.
regardless, the sunken areas of the factory floor have now filled with water, like so many abandoned ponds. you can still make out stenciled signage around the sirface of the pools. i suppose those were areas that required workers to be below the level of the assembly line in order to do their bit of assembly...
this place is largely a mystery to me still. i'll definitely be going back one of these days!
GGP: 3rd Aug 2005 - 16:59 GMT
there are probably Cadillac-bullfrog hybrids living in the factory floor pools! coooool!!
_flyonthewall_: 3rd Aug 2005 - 17:29 GMT
Yeah, the big three are on their knees. This photo reminds me of what half of Detroit looks like.
Xydexx: 3rd Aug 2005 - 17:49 GMT
Wow, there is so nothing left of that.
I went on a class trip there back when I was in elementary school.
kc: 3rd Aug 2005 - 18:42 GMT
boy did I want to go there when it was still around...there, or maybe the one near suffern (or wherever 17/the Thruway intersect), where there's now a hotel that looks like Darth Vader...my father had a great record album, corporate PR, jazz, called Music to Make Volkswagens by, or something like that. It wasn't so much the music as the album's great pictures of Beetle chassis (chasses? chassises?) going in and out of the paint...anyhow, great shots, great light...
Peter: 3rd Aug 2005 - 22:27 GMT
thanks... i was pleased at how they came out too, considering that i was shooting directly in to a setting sun, heh.
pillboxer: 4th Aug 2005 - 06:18 GMT
Well, that would look like Detroit except they don't like to tear down abandoned buildings. They just like to let them sit and decay to give urban explorers and graffiti artists places to poke around in.
Dubhain: 4th Aug 2005 - 20:22 GMT
Actually, IIRC, this is what was known as GM's Tarrytown Assembly Plant. This would explane the pits in the factory floor.
From GM's 2001 press release trumpeting a (defunct) development deal for the site:
"The former Tarrytown plant, one of GM's oldest assembly plants when it ceased operation in 1996, was originally built in 1899 for the production of Walker Steamers. GM purchased the plant in 1914 and began producing Chevrolet cars and trucks the following year."
The entire press release can be read at: http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/environment/plants/brownsfield_redev/roseland_062101.html
And you want abandoned factories? Screw Detroit and Lansing. Visit Flint.
Drucer: 31st Aug 2005 - 14:22 GMT
Peter, huge THANK YOU for these pictures! If you could go up there once more and maybe take even more detailed pictures, I'd be eternally grateful! If anyone has pictures of GM Tarrytown plant, please mail me! I'm very interested in the history of GM Tarrytown plant, because I own a 1966 Chevrolet Impala 2d Sport Coupe that was built in GM's Tarrytown factory! It feels GREAT to see some photos of that area where my car was built, because I live in Finland and Tarrytown is just so far away from where I live and now the plant is wrecked. I love my car and I love it's history, so thank you very much for sharing these photos with us!
If you (Peter or someone else) have some more pictures of Tarrytown plant, please contact me! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com: 12th Sep 2005 - 03:54 GMT
I have a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS Conv that was built at the Tarrytown plant.I have been trying to find out if the assembly records were destroyed or were they trahsferred to another plant or to GM. Does anyone know. I'd really like to get copies.
George H.: 17th Oct 2005 - 15:05 GMT
Drucer: 17th Dec 2005 - 01:20 GMT
Thanks George H.! You don't happen to have any old pictures of that GM plant when it was still up and running? mail me if you do: firstname.lastname@example.org
FLATDOWN: 22nd Jan 2006 - 01:15 GMT
Thanx for the pix.
I´m member of a big Pontiac Transsport Community in germany (www.pontiac-transsport.de) and also run a site about the Transsport (www.transsport.net).
As far as I know, all of our Transsports were build there in Tarrytown. If somebody got some more picture I would be very grateful for that. Pictures of the GM site today would be awsome. Maybe somebody got a few pictures showing the Tarrytown plan between 1989 and 1996?
FLATDOWN: 22nd Jan 2006 - 01:17 GMT
If you got some of the mentioned pictures - please let me know and mail me. You´ll find the correct mailaddress on http://www.transsport.net
Tim: 25th Feb 2006 - 15:21 GMT
Isaiah Williams worked proudly at this plant from 1962-1989. The fact of the matter is that GM kept a roof over our head and food on the table (Loving son)
Dan Tonietti: 9th Mar 2006 - 16:39 GMT
My dad worked there from 1938 through Eastern Aircraft and went on to retire in 1982 ... one company all those years !! Ahh ... what NAFTA did to ruin this country !!! I live near where the Corvette is built today. My memories of Tarrytown are good; but brother I love that country living and the low taxes. Come see what its like !!
RonO: 23rd Mar 2006 - 03:39 GMT
I worked at this plant from 1980-1984 when we were working 3 shifts and building 300,000 cars a year. At that time GM was manufacturing the X body car which was highly in demand because of the fuel efficiency offered by these vehicles which were among the first of GM's entry into the more fuel efficient auto market during a period of escalating gas prices and increased competition from smaller less costly Japanese imports. The plant was tremendous in size. I remember conveyors layered upon conveyors. The line would put out over 60 cars per hour and I believe employment was close to 4000 at its production peak.
Your pictures brought back some wonderful memories with sad reminiscence of the many people whose lives were in some way impacted by what is now a barren property.
mike kane: 26th Apr 2006 - 09:13 GMT
back on its golden hinges the gate of memory swings and my heart goes into the garden and walks with the olden things
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Jim: 4th Jun 2006 - 02:57 GMT
I worked there from 1984 until the plant closed in 1996. I have a picture standing next to the very last van being built coming off of the "final line". It was a strange feeling to witness the very last day of production. Ohhhhh the demise of the American Auto business! Put many hard working families out of work and into a struggle!
Nancy: 9th Jul 2006 - 16:10 GMT
I did a search on the GM Tarrytown (now called Sleepy Hollow) site after reading an article about it in today's local Westchester County newspaper, the Journal News ("Secrets on the Hudson", http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060709/OPINION01/607090315/1151). To synopsize its status today, the place is still an undeveloped eyesore because it's an environmental nightmare (insanely high lead levels just for starters) and the locals, who have largely been left in the dark, are clamoring for information. Being a transplant to this area from Pittsburgh and a child of the 70's, I hadn't heard of this plant or its closure, but I could immediately identify with the community affects of such a thing, vis-à-vis the steel mill closures in my native area. Pictures were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks for the post, Peter. I hope this beleaguered section of the ruthlessly exploited but still mighty Hudson River rebounds soon.
History!: 23rd Jul 2006 - 14:47 GMT
This is history! Nostalgia.. I feel sad to see that the plant is ruined now. Imagine what this factory plant has given to so many people. To some, it has given great cars, to others it has given food for the family. I guess all the good things in this life has to die some day.
"Everything dies, that's a fact but maybe everything that dies someday comes back"
nanci: 11th Aug 2006 - 03:10 GMT
Great pics. Still live in tarrytown would not give it for the world. What a shame they had to close the plant down, made the town die too but like all we survived and the town is up and running again. what is to become of the GM graveyard? no one knows, all I know that they keep on building these stupid town homes that cost $$$$$$$ and they are crying that there are no money for the schools and have cut back major in sports, arts, drama, ect..... Howard Smith just gave him self a big fat raise and is not helping the public schools at all. In any event, they need to build a sams club or home depot on the gm grave site.
Flatdown: 3rd Sep 2006 - 16:00 GMT
Hi - has somebody living near Tarrytown taken some additional photos of the former plant-area? Here in Germany we have a big community with fans of the Pontiac Trans Sport which was build in Tarrytown only. Here it is a quite extraordinary car, an eyecatcher - many of us would like to have some additional information about the car and the area it came from. If you have some more photo please are so kind to send them to the webmaster of http://www.Trans-Sport.eu. Thanx a lot! :-)
American automotive history wrecked: 23rd Sep 2006 - 20:14 GMT
Why is it so that everything has to die??? This GM site is culturally important also - it already has historical value. They should have never wrecked it! What a mistake!
ralph: 5th Oct 2006 - 00:39 GMT
I also have the greatest memories of the Iron Horse. Hired as a 19 yr old I worked in soft trim and the cushion room from 1979 thru 1981. We worked 9hrs a day plus 6hrs Sat. I had more money than most of my friends and parents. I grew up in 3 very short years. Love Tarrytown
Bill C: 2nd Nov 2006 - 00:05 GMT
I worked at the tarrytown plant for 5 years when I went on layoff I moved to Belmont N.C. I have not been back.your photos make me sad I grew up in Hastins-on Hudson and we all worked at CPC Tarrytown.Working at GM was hard but fun I worked in the paint dept.Elpo.
Kelly M: 6th Nov 2006 - 19:55 GMT
I am Bill C's ex wife and I also worked at the plant and met Bill there and subsequently got married. It is such a shame to see the plant gone, I have wonderful memories of the people I worked with and the intricacies of the daily working's of the plant. We were laid off with the whole second shift in 1990. After a few years of scraping by we finally did move to NC where the job market was not suffering. I worked in the hard trim dept. and then the paint dept. I think it was in 1989 that GM spent 75 million dollars upgrading the paint dept. to being mostly robotic and sealed against dust. It was very impressive and we had several other car company executives touring the plant to see this innovative upgrade, including japanese representatives. I am very proud to be a part of GM's Tarrytown legacy and glad for all the friendships I made there, as well as the work ethic they instilled in me. Goodbye old friend!
BZZZP: 6th Nov 2006 - 23:42 GMT
p - how well fenced and patrolled is this place? i'm getting some ideas.
Håkon Ohlgren: 13th Dec 2006 - 18:04 GMT
Hi there, I live in Norway (Scandinavia that is...), and I own a 1959 Chevrolet Apache Step Side. I found out today that it was built in Tarrytown. The car was exported to Antofagasta, Chile, in 1959, and then to Norway in 2005. Sad to see that the place is abandoned.
Chevrolet Fan: 16th Feb 2007 - 21:32 GMT
Sigh, that was when AMERICAN cars were built! General Motors at its best! They don't make cars like that any more. Tarrytown cars were built with pride and they lasted long! It still makes me smile when I see some great looking Chevy that was built there at GM Tarrytown plant some thirty, fourty years ago! Those were the days.. American pride! Now we have to buy korean made crap cars.
Chevrolet Fan: 18th Feb 2007 - 16:13 GMT
New York Times - Tarrytown G.M.'s 2-Week Shutdown
Published: February 10, 1982
The General Motors Corporation has ordered a two-week shutdown of its North Tarrytown plant beginning next Monday and 4,600 employees will be laid off.
The shutdown, first announced on Feb. 2, was canceled a day later and now has been reinstated. The plant will not reopen until March 1. It is the third shutdown this year for the factory. General Motors said it will have seven assembly plants closed this week to reduce inventories.
Local resident: 10th Mar 2007 - 18:53 GMT
I live in Sleepy Hollow (renamed the year GM closed) and have watched the fight over the cleanup. Hopefully this will be the year of the ground breaking, but at 1100 units in a town of 4000 houses, it's a bit DENSE. See the proposal at www.shvillage.org / and click on the main/newsletter.
GM Tarrytown: 12th Mar 2007 - 18:52 GMT
Interesting! Turns out Sleepy Hollow (ex-Tarrytown) is quite small little town. Anyone got any photos of the GM factory when it was still operational?
Mike: 13th Mar 2007 - 17:37 GMT
i now live in boston i used to work here back in the 80's when i lived in yonkers. i worked on the assembly line in the body shop where the car is first assembled i was a floater i worked also in the hard and soft trim dept and the final line.i go back to see my father in peekskill and i go by the old plant grounds to see just a shell what great memories i had here...
T.E. Renaldi: 13th Mar 2007 - 17:52 GMT
A place of production is destroyed on the banks of the Hudson... March 10, 1999:
Sue: 3rd Apr 2007 - 04:06 GMT
I had a family member who worked at this plant and is still with GM. It was sad to see this plant destroyed. It's sad really. This plant was already around when I was born and was there a good portion of my adolescence. I don't live in Tarrytown anymore, but I've been back to visit on several occasions just to drive around and see how the town has evolved again. :)
Alec: 26th May 2007 - 03:54 GMT
I did an engineering internship there 21 years ago when I was 19. I went there this morning and viewed basically the same thing as the photos show (my first time back there). There appears to be an enviornmental clean-up firm doing studies on the property. A local business owner told me developers want to get permits to buid ahuge condo complex there.
I have to say, even when I worked there in 1986, people would talk about the prospect of GM closing the plant because the property was too old, on too valuable a property, and to expensive to maintain. I remember being there when they announced that this was the target plant for the Lumina APV (van). At the time, we were building the Ponitiac 6000 and the Buick Centry.
People in charge of the plant were Roy Roberts - Plant Manager, Bruce McNally - Production Manager, and Mr. Kiser - Manager of Industrial Engineering. The place was reported to have over 5 miles of assembly line, and actually was building a new paint shop on top of the old one because it was cheaper than pulling the old one out.
I spent my time mostly in the chassis deartment, but the paint shop was where people would actaully pass out from the heat, and be send back after te medical department revived them. I was 19 years old, ad saw everything from fist fights to Christain prayer groups during breaks.
This place was like a city under a roof. The columns throughout the structure (the stubs of which you see in the photos) were marked with letters and numbers so that we could find our way back to the offices if we got lost.
People spend their lives, and even died in that facility. Seeing it gone today put a lump in my throat.
Thanks for listening.
Alec: 26th May 2007 - 03:58 GMT
By the way. This plant existed in North Tarrytown, which changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Tarrytown, NY still exists south of Sleepy Hollow, near the Tappan Zee bridge.
iman: 26th May 2007 - 14:02 GMT
man my aunt lives in sleepy hollow, and i can tell you that the last time i was there, her house and this one other house were the only ones in site, that is, if you could see over the tall grass. i never would have thought that there would be an old gm plant there. by the way, isn't that close to hudson?
Observer: 5th Jul 2007 - 19:57 GMT
It is depressing to see how the world changes when everything has to be manufactured cheaper and faster. Great Chevrolet cars were once built there inside that Tarrytown plant - now "Chevrolet cars" - or should I say cheap, plastic things that have Chevrolet logo are built in Korea! It's been wonderful to read about your memories! You who once worked there or you who lived there..
chelsea: 31st Jul 2007 - 16:44 GMT
wow! I found this website looking for sleepy hollow ringtones (sleepy hollow the movie)
this place looks interesting! I wish I knew more about it, like why did they abandon it.... stuff like that!
PHIL Z: 30th Oct 2007 - 00:02 GMT
IT'S A SHAME ROSELAND HAS PULLED OUT OF THIS DEVELOPMENT AND WE HAVE A VERY WEEK BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND MY BANK WENT BELLY UP !
robert ashworth jr: 30th Nov 2007 - 21:55 GMT
wow what a change ...i remember my dad working there,,,,what a great place
Steve: 6th Dec 2007 - 22:05 GMT
I worked there from 1977-1993 chassis dept. then left to work at the Saturn plant when the plan to close Tarrytown was announced.
headless horseman: 10th Jan 2008 - 03:42 GMT
They built Impalas in the late 60s and early 70s. Put six on a transport (Anchor Motor Freight) and roared down route 9 through Tarrytown to get to the Thruway. Every five minutes. Rocky (Gov Nelson R) was going to build a freeway on the river to relieve congestion but it was shot down.
Those Chevvies were pretty lousy cars, IMHO. You don't see a lot on the road today, even as collector items.
There was a guy who parked a car with a big lemon on it on Beekman Avenue, near the theater marquee, maybe 1970. Anyone know the inside story on him?
Steve: 21st Jan 2008 - 15:48 GMT
"Those Chevvies were pretty lousy cars, IMHO. You don't see a lot on the road today"
Personally I don't see a lot of 'any' cars from the late 60's and 70's on the road today, even here in the south outside the rust belt.
Dino: 2nd Feb 2008 - 21:41 GMT
I worked in Tarrytown for 15 yrs.Started in Hard Trim,then Soft trim after the 1982 layoff. I use to be a floater when I first started and I really enjoyed it a lot.I worked in all the departments and met so many people.My father started in 1958 and my brother and myself hired in in "78" and "79".I live in NW Ohio now and still work for GM at it's Powertrain Div.Still miss Tarrytown and all the people who worked there.I just wish there was a web site for us old GM Tarrytown workers.A web site where we can write and remember old times.
Tom Barley: 5th Mar 2008 - 20:08 GMT
Is there anyone who worked at the plant in 1962 I have a 1962 chevrolet Belair 409 I am Restoring Built April 10th and delivered to Dealer April 11th I am trying to find any Information If so E-Mail me at email@example.com
LI Varmint: 21st Mar 2008 - 21:23 GMT
"Those Chevvies were pretty lousy cars, IMHO. You don't see a lot on the road today"
Rain Palmer: 14th May 2008 - 03:37 GMT
"Those Chevvies were pretty lousy cars, IMHO. You don't see a lot on th road today"
they are everywhere and they are the best, i have a 66 chevy truck that was built there, a 65 c50 that was built there, used to have a buick too. Two Of my friends have trucks from that plant, my brother has a corvair, and my uncle still drives an apache built there. they go for ever. GM IS THE BEST! sucks they had to shut the place down though.
Built to last: 28th Jun 2008 - 18:36 GMT
I own one 66 from that factory and it still runs perfectly! Those Chevy cars were built to last. They don't make _Cars_ like that anymore.
Police&Vet.1967: 5th Aug 2008 - 04:04 GMT
Sad, What the college boys and politicians have done to our country so they can line their pockets....I own a 70 Impala conv. built at this plant(6-23-70)....when car were built to last..unlike the plastic junk they put out today.....sad so sad...I wonder what my kids will be left with if keep going down this road.....
Billie: 12th Aug 2008 - 09:50 GMT
I live in Florida, my boyfriend lives in Tarrytown. The first time I saw this site it brought back sad memories of my own. My mother, father, uncles and friends all worked in factories in the Quad Cities of East Moline - Moline Illinois- Farmall and International Harvester John Deer - its like they all closed down in the early 70's. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P3-768777361.html The people were devistated. My mother at the time was a single parent with three teenage daughters to support. What a blow- I was so worried about her - but got first hand experience on how she managed things. She was so strong and quick not to let us see her worry. I am so proud of how she figured things out. I remember she worked two jobs after that. An inspector at some eye glass company and waitressed at night just to get by. Eventually she moved us to Florida and she went back to school. She ended up getting her degree in computer programing- annalist . Today she has tried to retire four times.- but her work is in such demand the consultants seem to always call and request her back.
relic of the past glory of USA: 16th Sep 2008 - 11:12 GMT
Now it's just a relic of the past glory of USA - reminding us from the days when USA cars were luxury items and when workers had a good life and when families lived in harmony.
USA faces bankruptcy: 24th Sep 2008 - 12:07 GMT
look at that empty field. that area gave food and happy lives for many families for decades until greedy american bosses in USA started to move jobs to india and outsourced all that work.
Peter: 24th Sep 2008 - 13:08 GMT
i dont think general motors outsourced any of their engine assembly work to india...
chevys are made in korea now: 24th Sep 2008 - 17:20 GMT
Maybe not india, but current Chevrolets are built in Korea and that's a fact. Most of the american IT jobs have been outsourced to india.
Peter: 25th Sep 2008 - 00:28 GMT
food for thought: General Motors employs over 30 times the number of people in canada as they do in india or korea, but i doubt we would hear you complaining about "hard working americans'" jobs going to canada, eh?
a quick whirl on google shows that GM Daewoo has been making components for GM cars in south korea since 1972, and as it is owned stateside, over $500 million of profits make it back to america from this factory every year. even if that sounds like a lot, gm's korean operations involve less than one percent of gm's annual capital profit and make an even smaller percentage of components for the automaker.
im not sure what IT jobs and india have to do with any of this, that is, unless youre simply sopaboxing about outsourcing in general, which sounds likely given your passionate words and propensity to ignore logic.
gm is a for-profit corporations. a for profit corporation that posted a 38 BILLION dollar loss last year alone, so im sure theyre doing everything they can to economize and be more solvent... and as a global corporation with substantial operations in over 35 countries, im not sure that them employing people in non-american countries is bad. it makes sense to me, and gm still employs close to a half a million americans domestically, so... yeah. try to think more universally... theres more to ther world than america, americans and american jobs.
furthermore, a newspaper article (pasted below) from the day the plant closed indicates that your "greedy american bosses" gave a rather fair severance package to the displaced workers, so... pardon me if i dont exactly get your point. its rare that such huge corporate entities at least make such an effort.
are you just another american rallying around the outsourcing/immigration/etc bandwagon, making passionately inaccurate generalizations, and mixing apples and oranges simply because this post reminded you of an "unpatriotic" trend?
GM Plant in Tarrytown, N.Y. Closes Today
The last of GM's long-nosed, plastic-bodied APV minivans will roll off the assembly line in Tarrytown, N.Y., today. It's a move that will kill the failed APV product line and and shut down the 97 year-old Tarrytown plant for good. 1,300 of the plant's 2,100 workers will be transferred to other GM plants, with the largest part of them moving to Doraville, GA to help with the construction of a new generation of minivans which is scheduled to enter production this summer. Another large group of uprooted workers will be transfered to GM's compact pickup and sport utility vehicle plant in Linden, N.J. Others will go to component facilities in New York state and Ohio.
130 employees have rejected GM's attempts to turn them into "GM gypsies" and will receive job security pay equal to normal wages. 140 will leave the automaker for other jobs. The plant's paint and body shops have already began shutting down earlier in the week as they completed their work on the last minivan.
Bill C.: 27th Sep 2008 - 20:09 GMT
I have photos from inside the plant,These photos are from the paint dept.Sometime in 1985.I worked in the paint dept for five years.Elpo dip.Here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thanks.....
Andy yerks: 30th Sep 2008 - 02:36 GMT
Im working for metro north now, and for the past week weve been parking our cars at the old plant, im going to get some pictures tomorrow and post them here for u guys, i was doin donuts in my car on the old foundation floors, and i saw the water spots all over hte place and i was gona drive thru the water, but its a good thing that i didnt cause i got out and threw a rock, and it went in and kept going, and now im doing research and seeing that those spots are just old pits that they had there for the workers to do assembling underneath the cars, and theyre about 8 foot deep and 15x20 around, so its a good thing i didnt drive thru the water, but ill get some pics
Peter: 30th Sep 2008 - 02:53 GMT
hook us up, andy! how did you get a car out there? last time i was there, it would have been impossible, but they still had a small guard post.
id love to ride my longboard or bike out there...
Andy yerks: 1st Oct 2008 - 02:04 GMT
i got alot of pictures of whats left of the plant
Andy yerks: 1st Oct 2008 - 02:06 GMT
im working for metro north, so were allowed in there, but also, teh guard post that u saw is storage haha, its filled with just garbage and signs, there hasnt been anyone in there in years cuase i looked at the locks and theyre so rusted noones been in that little building, but yeah, i also left a few burnouts on the floors haha
Andy yerks: 1st Oct 2008 - 02:08 GMT
its just the coolest feeling being there, because its just history torn apart :C
Mark Kikta : 22nd Oct 2008 - 02:19 GMT
Very sad pictures. Wish I could have seen the plant in it's glory. I have a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Town Sedan that was built at Tarrytown in April of 1939. My 67 Impala Convertable as well.
Rambo John J.: 12th Nov 2008 - 11:47 GMT
It's a long road when you're all alone. It's the end of America as we've known it.
JIm: 24th Nov 2008 - 18:51 GMT
Is there any kind of contact for this site. Honestly, our Car Club needs an autocross site pronto. I will work with anything to get us out there on the pavement agian. We used to use Orange County airport, until the new owners said if its not an airplane it doesn't go out on the pavement. Another good site was the J lot at Palisades mall, until the locals said we were making too much noise. they were ignoring the fact that between their development and the parking lot was a freight train railway! Anyone know how to get in touch with someone? I am sure they would say no its too dangerous, but we pay pretty well, and carry our own SCCA insurance.
Peter: 24th Nov 2008 - 19:09 GMT
considering that at least half of the area of this site is comprised of steel pilings coming out of the ground and trecherously irregular trenches and holes dug into it, i wouldnt recommend it at all for autocross, heh...
JIm: 25th Nov 2008 - 15:20 GMT
Oh, I see what has been done now. I was thinking of their decent size parking lot too, from what I remember. GM had a comparison test there, after it had closed, when they were about to unveil the new Catera. I went to test it out with a few other cars including a BMW 325i, a Volvo 850 Wagon (non turbo), An ES250 Lexus, and a Infiniti G20 (I think), and a C280 Mercedes sedan. I chose, BMW, Lexus/Infiniti (tie), Catera, Volvo, and the Mercedes, first to last respectively. It wasn't that great a car.
James: 30th Nov 2008 - 19:25 GMT
I just think its Bull-Shit that Gm&Ford&chrystler(no need for discrimination they are all in this togetger)Has shipped jobs overseas to save a buck,and they are still raising the price of new vehicles,and then have the nerve to turn to Us(american people) after stripping us of our Jobs,Economy the value of the american dollar they have the Balls to turn to the american people and ask them for a Bail-out! FUCK-YOU you bailed on us years ago! go ask Mexico,Canida,Inda,aulstrailia, Ask somebody you have been supporting,We dont(or atleast I dont) care because of the automotive ind and Economy im jobless so it doesn't bother me to see it go.
SAMMY THE BULL: 24th Dec 2008 - 03:23 GMT
IT'S A SHAME THE U.A.W. PUT ALL THE GREAT COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS. MAKE A FORD AND A CHEVY LAST 10 YEARS LIKE THEY SHOULD IS THE BEST OF THE FREE LIFE BEHIND US NOW IS THE GOOD LIFE REALY OVER FOR GOOD !
Double A: 3rd Jan 2009 - 04:20 GMT
I found this looking for old info about Sleepy Hollow. It's a shame this plant shut down the way it did, but like one person said, at least they got relocated or a severance package. My entire department just got laid off without pay, so the owners could all get raises and xmas bonus'...my job and 25 others were sent overseas so the company could charge the same amount for the product, but at 35% less cost. Anyway, i know what's it's like to lose everything and i hope everyone whom overcame this plant closing ended up making a decent living doing something else.
Beautiful pictures, i'm a Ford guy but Chevy's are the best built cars in history, it's sad to see the way things are today.
Jared: 26th Mar 2009 - 18:22 GMT
I spent nearly 30 years at the N. Tarrytown Plant (1968-1996)and still miss the people! I had the pleasure of writing the history of the nearly 100 year-old facility which produced over 11 million cars and trucks. At the time of its closure it was the longest continuously-running automobile assembly plant in the world. If any of you are interested in asking a specific question about its past I will do my best to answer.
GM Tarrytown 1966 Impala: 24th Apr 2009 - 18:30 GMT
I do not know if links are allowed here, but here you can find one of the fine products this assembly plant produced in 1965 (although it is 1966 model Impala). They don't make cars like this any more.
Kim: 24th Apr 2009 - 22:47 GMT
Jared, I had a friend who worked as an assembly line manager in the late 80s, early 90s. His name was Pete. He was very funny, played hockey and looked like Michael Keaton. Do you know who he is and what his last name is? I know there were a lot of employees but you never know. Trying to reconnect. Thanks, Kim
Zeebo: 30th Jun 2009 - 00:53 GMT
According to John Delorean this plant was rated the worst in build quality of all the GM plants.
CHICK: 20th Aug 2009 - 15:21 GMT
I like the cash for clunkers the top ten cars turned in were AMERICAN made the top ten purchased cars were made in JAPAN.
Ted Steenwerth IV: 30th Sep 2009 - 05:09 GMT
Tom M: 4th Oct 2009 - 01:16 GMT
Tarrytown was a great place to work. I worked in the Personnel department there from 1973 until it closed in 1996, then transferred to Kansas City in 1997, retiring in 2008. There was no comparision between the two organizations in people working together, hourly/salary, union/management. One of the disadvangtages we had in Tarrytown was the size of the plant compared to the huge plants that gm built in the 1980's. I am not an engineer but it was obvious the assembly process was more difficult in a small facility, which Tarrytown was.
Mike G: 4th Dec 2009 - 02:12 GMT
The GM T-Town Assembly Operation was a piece of American Automobile History. It was part of the Mid-West Auto Industry just north of NYC on the Majestic Hudson River overlooking the Tappan Zee ( Ductch for "Inland Sea") and north of The Tappan Zee Bridge.
Daniel Sanchez from São Paulo, Brazil: 4th Feb 2010 - 11:30 GMT
I was searching for old photos of car dealers and factorys for my blog and found out that Life Magazine had a partnership with Google. So I put it "Chevrolet source:life" on Google Images and the following pictures show up:
Is too sad discover that doesnt exists anymore.
ELVIS: 14th Feb 2010 - 15:33 GMT
ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. ELVIS PERFORMED FOR THE U.A.W. LOCAL 664 AT KINGSLAND POINT IN THE SUMMER OF 1959. HIS FIRST SONG WAS "BLUE SUEDE SHOWS" ANYONE WHO WORKED AT TARRYWON KNEW YOU COULD NEVER WEAR BLUE SUEDE SHOES TO WORK. LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK ON MY FAT GM RETIREMENT CHECK.I WORKED THE HARD TRIM SHOP 1952 UNTIL 1993.
Bob: 20th Feb 2010 - 16:59 GMT
Thank you Tarrytown for my 1983 Chevy Citation X11...great little car!!!
Orlo Clark: 4th Mar 2010 - 16:44 GMT
I started in Fisher Friday Sept 13, 1963 at the age of 21. Worked final trim at shipping point to Chev for 3 months before moving upstairs to the front seat line. Got to meet a bunch of hard working people. Plenty of OT on '64 model. Went through Anchor Motors strike and the GM strike of '65. Alternate Committee man for 1 year Local 664. Left in Jan '67 to work for educational producer in Pleasantville. RIP to Jake, John, Moe, Willie, Skinner, Paul Rizzo, Joe Cioffi, John Rizzo, Lou Buffo, Dom Cristello, and all the others that I might have missed. Sometimes it's painful to witness the end of an era and the demise of an American institution that helped to make this a great country. I'll never forget my friends.
ntatap: 5th Mar 2010 - 01:31 GMT
Very nice photos!!! I remember hearing at the time GM shut it down that Coors Brewing was interested in the site as a location for a east coast brewery ( I think it was built in Reston VA) They liked the site because it had rail running into it and they could bring water from Colorado by train to brew with.
CRM: 18th Mar 2010 - 17:38 GMT
I worked the railroad switchers that put the rail cars in and out of the plant and also the autorack rail cars that took out the finished autos. 1990-1996 Conrail. all of our "jobs" that serviced this plant were based out of the freight rail yard 10 miles north of Terrytown, at Croton. There were 4 tracks for unloading cars parts inside the plant and a sizable switching yard on site in between the metro-north tracks and the east side of the plant. The years I worked those railroad switchers the plant had a 'just in time' inventory for almost all the parts used to make the cars. Many of the parts that were needed for a days assembly often would be on a train the night before from Selkirk NY to Terrytown. Some of the rail cars would leave leave Buffalo the afternoon before they were needed at terrytown the next day. They had an entire freight train every night run down the hudson line basically dedicated to that plant. The average size of the train was 100 cars about 50 box cars with parts and 50 auto carrying cars for the finished product. The trains that serviced that plant were given top priority. We were always told if the line had to shut down because the ran out of a part needed in the assembly and it was the railroads fault that GM had in the contract they would get $10,000 a min the line was down. Which seems realistic because when the line was "up" a car would come off every 60 seconds. So it would go to figure that each min a car was not made was a min every single worker on that line was paid to stand there and not make a car. It was good work, I miss it.
bill komar: 8th Apr 2010 - 19:46 GMT
My grandfather,father and myself have over 83 years of service at the now closed GM Plant in N. Tarrytown plant. I was born in N. Tarrytown,as was my parents...GM paid for my father and myself to be born and other than when i was in the army GM has paid for my health care since my birth.Im am at my third GM plant,Arlington Tx.,and i hope its my last.Please buy GM...my retirement depends on it!
Steve L.: 19th Apr 2010 - 06:16 GMT
Thanks to all for your stories. Born and raised half-way in TTNY. Spent countless days at Kingsland Point Park and the Lighthouse trying to peek into the plant. Found my way in a few times but was always nicely shown the way out. Pretty sure I saw the last Lumina, a white one, go down the line. Everybody on the line always waved back to me and my friends.
Seeing it today is just like reading a depressing epitaph for a company which helped define our country.
Chevy283: 26th Aug 2010 - 14:11 GMT
Hello, I am French and I possess a chevrolet impala of 1962 which goes out of GM plant Tarrytown NY. If you have the other photos, thank you for joining(contacting) them in: email@example.com
1962 RHD IMPALA: 7th Oct 2010 - 07:16 GMT
I live in AUSTRALIa and own a export RIGHT HAND DRIVE 1962 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan (4-door hardtop)that was built at the Tarrytown plant in the early part of 1962 for export. It was export to Australia directly from the Tarrytown plant and has only had 2 owners since 1962.
I would love to learn more about the Tarrytown GM plant and particularly the export right hand drive Chevrolets that where built there and sent all over the world.
If anyone has any information I would love to hear from you.
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Carol: 9th Dec 2010 - 22:01 GMT
I worked at this plant from 1975 to 1980 as a Plant Protection Officer, 2nd shift. Lots of great memories. Thanks for the post
randy: 9th Jan 2011 - 17:21 GMT
if any one is interested i have a copy of the plants blue prints. i have one panel its about 5foot by 4foot. if anyone is seriously interested in this please email me at email@example.com
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carl jackson: 28th May 2011 - 23:15 GMT
this is where my 56 belair sport coupe was born,thankyou tarrytown the car now lives over here in england, great pictures!!!
DAVID LORING: 27th Jun 2011 - 13:06 GMT
WE WANT TO PUT THE TARRYTOWN PLANT BACK TO WORK.
WHO SHOULD WE SPEAK WITH?
Joe: 8th Aug 2011 - 14:11 GMT
This was the last I-Beam to come down at Sleepy Hollow G.M. Plant on Dec. 23, 1999. In photo are some of the heavy equipment operators from Local 137.
Joe: 8th Aug 2011 - 14:14 GMT
This was the last I-Beam to come down at Sleepy Hollow G.M. Plant on Dec. 23, 1999. In photo are some of the heavy equipment operators from Local 137.
Joe: 8th Aug 2011 - 14:17 GMT
This was the last I-Beam to come down at Sleepy Hollow G.M. Plant on Dec. 23, 1999. In photo are some of the heavy equipment operators from Local 137.
Joe: 8th Aug 2011 - 14:19 GMT
From the last I-Beam taken down,some of us had small pieces cut to use as our personal paper weights.
Joe: 8th Aug 2011 - 14:27 GMT
Hoisting an excavator/shear to begin demo of the upper floors.
The concret floors were about 5" thick which is quite thin but, the steel re-bar inside the concrete was closely matted and of heavy gauge which allowed us to put such heavy equipment on it. The upright I-Beams for the building were spaced at 50' apart creating a 50' grid throughout the building. We weren't suppose to have more then 1 piece of equipment in a 50' square but when we saw how strong the re-bar made the floors we usually had 2 pieces of equipment in them. They
consisted of a excavator/shear & a wheeled loader with a grapple attachment to removed the demolition created.
Joe: 9th Aug 2011 - 08:09 GMT
These photos are of the demolition of the second floor of what I remember as "North Body" (It backed up to Kingsland Point Park). This occured on May 15, 1998.
3 cables were hooked to the upper section that was previouly weakened. One cable from the crane that is shown and 2 other cables to excavators that are out of photo range.
Above photos are immediately after 2nd floor was pulled down.
Joe: 9th Aug 2011 - 08:49 GMT
The Demolition of "East Chasis" took months. The photos below were taken in August of 1998. The piles of demo were kept sorted as best as possible initially. Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Conduit etc. Later when they were to be loaded on, mostly train cars and some trailers for recycling, they had to be picked clean. Not a piece of foreign element could be mixed in the load. When train gondolas were loaded with steel and sent to the mills, and a piece of wire was found in the load the rest would be rejected and had to be sorted again. The demo company constantly stressed this to the site employees.
The upright steel I-beams were cut off 3 feet above the concrete floor of the plant. This was done so future developers of the site new where the piles were located when the original buildings were constructed.
Joe: 9th Aug 2011 - 11:22 GMT
Sorry, I meant to thank "EvilGentleman" and glad that he enjoys the pix.
Edgar ,from ohio: 29th Aug 2011 - 00:55 GMT
My dad, bought a new 1950 Chevy truck (3600) that was made from this plant. It was the 80th 3/4 ton built that year. A lot of good memory of dad and his old truck, he wouldn't get rid of it. He loved it. When dad past me and my brother got to looking around and there in the old barn was his old truck. See dad could not drive the last 10 years before he died and we thought he final got rid of it but there it was rotting away. I pulled it out and now I'm going to fix it up for dad and post the restoration of it on here. Thanks to all the worker that worked at this plant. Dad loved his truck.
panda: 2nd Dec 2011 - 03:38 GMT
joe, I worked here for thirty years, in fact we were moving out as you were moving in,I worked in the powerhouse at the very north end of the plant. I would love to know how that old building came down.
Eileen: 7th Feb 2012 - 09:00 GMT
Enjoyed looking through and reading comments on this site. My dad worked in the Tarrytown Plant in the 1930's, in the trim shop. How would I research more about this and exactly the years he worked there?
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Frank O: 10th Mar 2012 - 02:46 GMT
Great shots. My dad also worked there from 1960 til 1975 on the night shift. I remember going there when they had family open house. He was a Tool & Die Maker an I remember he rode a bicycle around the plant to go fix broken equipment. I remember that bridge across the train tracks. That is where all the employees crossed over from the parking lot into the plant to go to work every day (and night). I went there again in the early 90's on a tour with the Society of Mfg Engineers. They were building the Mini vans then. One of the reasons they closed that I have never seen posted was because of the river. The plant was on the east side of the Hudson and the railroad bridge across the hudson had a height limit that restricted rail shipment of completed cars to the west. The old bridge could not handle cars stacked 3 high on rail cars. So all cars sold west of the Hudson River which was probably 80% of production (remember this is the Hudson in NY, not the Mississippi) had to be loaded on trucks to cross the reiver and transfered to rail. The railroad refused to modify the bridge so it was just too much cost to have all those transfer steps.
Rick: 27th Jul 2012 - 18:19 GMT
I was in the middle of looking up the address for the old plant for a job application that required it when I stumbled on this thread. I used to work at the plant and was part of the last group to go when it closed shop in '96. The work was hard, the hours were long, but the pay was good and the memories will last me a life time. We built the mini vans and I worked installing wipers modules and abs wiring. The cars had no engines yet and hung over head as they passed. We would go in from underneath and walk backwards as the cars moved down the line installing our part of the assembly. Some fun times and good friends were made there. Funny how I eventually went back to school because I was tired of getting laid off from factories closing only to end up in this economy getting laid off because companies can't afford to keep me.
RT from Orlando: 12th Aug 2012 - 01:03 GMT
Worked there in the early 80's on the X-body, then in the mid 80's on the A-body and finally at the end of the 80's on the APV. Hard Trim first shift. Wonderful day's, great pay and benefits and long hours. 1 car per minute. Day in and day out! Loved it.
Matt: 13th Aug 2012 - 02:05 GMT
Hello everyone, this page was fascinating and I enjoyed reading every post. I am a huge GM fan and believe in American pride and quality. I own at least one vehicle from each of the five core divisions (Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac) ranging from 1957 through 2009.
I am hoping those folks that worked on the assembly line can help me with one thing I don't quite understand. GM owned Fisher Body, who crafted the automobile bodies. Were the Fisher plants in the same location as the assembly plants? It would not make sense to build the bodies in another factory and then truck them in. So, how did this work?
Also, I used to see "Body by Fisher" logos on the sill plates of the cars, but that stopped in the early 1990s. Is Fisher no longer making the bodies?
Thanks to all of you who worked at the assembly plants and made some of the best cars in American History.
D GEROW DODGE CITY KS: 17th Mar 2013 - 20:50 GMT
I HAD A 1955 CHEVROLET 4400 MODEL VIN:P255T010760 AND THEN JUNKED IT.
jose vieira: 1st Apr 2013 - 17:50 GMT
eu trabalhei nesta planta 11 anos 1979 1991 e agora nÃ£o sei como pedir a pensÃ£o nÃ£o tenho nenhum contacto da UAW disseram-me que se tinham mudado para Detroit se alguÃ©m souber alguma coisa a cerca disto por favor manda para o meu (E MAIL vieira.jose@iol.PT) eu agora habito em Portugal
anon (cpe-69-204-160-114.nycap.res.rr.com): 29th Aug 2014 - 15:19 GMT
I was an employee there from 1969 - 1993. Worked in the office as time keeper, paymaster, audit dept. And back to payroll. It was pretty sad day to see this plant torn down. But it was there since 1896 making Stanley steamers. I guess like us, it had it's time to go.
joey: 29th Aug 2014 - 19:38 GMT
Hey Matt. I did not work for GM. But where I grew up in Cleveland there was a Fisher Body plant. check out this information_ http://ech.case.edu/cgi/article.pl?id=FBDOGMC
Woody Setzer: 11th Oct 2014 - 16:23 GMT
We think my mother-in-law worked at this plant when it was Eastern Aircraft, as a riveter. We had always thought she was a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII, but now she says she worked there from 1945 to about 1950. That seems late - I thought production of military aircraft stopped pretty soon after the war. Does anyone know when aircraft production at Eastern Aircraft stopped?
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