Thursday, September 22, 2011
The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant open house reminds us how important the auto industry is to Kansas City
Nowhere was that more obvious than at the Fairfax Assembly Plant open house, which was held this week in the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kan.
Before the current plant opened in 1987, the original Fairfax Assembly Plant was located next to the Fairfax Airport, and built B-25 Mitchell aircraft during World War II. After the war, General Motors converted the original plant to automotive assembly. F-84F fighter jets were also built in that location.
I took several pictures in and around the plant for the slideshow below, which is unusual for a tour like this because normally cameras are forbidden. I also borrowed a few interior shots from General Motors' media archive, because let's face it, they take much nicer pictures than I do. But I think this will give you an overall feel for what things are like at Fairfax, as well as some of the festivities surrounding the open house. Enjoy!