Ford to demolish 25 percent of its former Wixom assembly plant image

Ford Motor Company is tearing down about 25 percent of its former Wixxom assembly plant in Michigan.

According to Ford spokeswoman Becky Sanch, the automaker is currently in sales negotiations on the property and the demolition is agreed upon by everyone involved.

The City of Wixom has said the plant site is being razed „in preparation of a bright new future.” Ford shut down the Wixom Assembly Plant in 2007, after 50 years of producing the Lincoln Town Car, Ford Thunderbird, Ford GT and the Lincoln Continental.

In 1973, at the peak of its activity, the Wixom plant hired 5,500 workers, according to data supplied by Ford at the time of the plant’s closing. The Wixom Assembly plant is built on an area of 4.7 million square feet on 320 acres and includes 15 miles of assembly line.

After the closing in 2007, the site has gone nearly untouched. In December 2011, Ford received approval for $20 million in state tax credits to redevelop the site. The money are being used to demolish approximately 1 million square feet of the Wixom Assembly Plant on the southeast corner of the property.

At least one possible buyer, Wisconsin-based home improvement retailer Menards, has expressed interest in a portion of the site.