Michigan Avenue Industry Historical

Michigan Avenue Industry Historical (HM1V1L)

Location: Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Washtenaw County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 14.45', W 83° 36.678'

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Ypsilanti's Automotive Manufacturing

The early automotive industry came to Ypsilanti
just after World War I. In 1919, Apex Motor Corporation built a small factory on River Street just south of Michigan Avenue to manufacture various "Ace" vehicles. But by 1925 three manufacturers — Apex, Saxon Motor, and Commerce Truck — had occupied the building and closed due to financial difficulties.

Automotive parts manufacturing found more success here.
In 1930, a plant was built at 103 S. River Street for Motor State Products to make convertible tops for Ford and other companies, and continued operations until 1971. In 1945, Ypsilanti Industries moved into a vacant auto dealership at 20 Michigan Avenue to make roller-bearings and transmission parts for Ford Motor Company until the 1960s.

You Auto Know
"Ace" vehicles were named for the term, popular after World War I, for outstanding military air pilots.
HM NumberHM1V1L
Placed ByMotorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 284548 N 4679817
Decimal Degrees42.24083333, -83.61130000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 14.45', W 83° 36.678'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 14' 27" N, 83° 36' 40.68" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-199,2-198 Water St, Ypsilanti MI 48198, US
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