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Offline 1979SE

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Echoes of Norwood
« on: March 31, 2015, 11:22:49 AM »
"Echoes of Norwood: General Motors Automobile Production During the Twentieth Century." (2013).  Philip Borris.  Chillicothe, OH: Chev-Star LLC.  ISBN: 978-0-615-75137-5.  312 pages.

Forwards by a GM General Accounting Supervisor and UAW Local 674 President.

Exceptionally well researched account of the Norwood Assembly Plant (including Fisher Body) from when it was a grass field, to its closure.  Uniquely told from standpoints of GM management, the Union, the workers and the City of Norwood.  LOTS of vintage photos and foldout schematics of the Plant.  If you want to learn how your F-Body came to roll off that assembly line and end up at a dealership, this book is an excellent resource.  It's and intriguing read that I've had a difficult time putting down.

(English majors: To be read for content and record, not mechanics and structure.  Get over it.)
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Re: Echoes of Norwood
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2015, 11:53:55 AM »

I agree completely!  Bought the book last year after acquiring my Norwood-built 81.  It's a rare and highly detailed account of both the build process and the politics (management AND union), and how they evolved over the years. Although its focus is Norwood, it gives tremendous insight into the entire American auto industry, and its decline.  :(

Sure, the price may seem steep ($50 paperback), the editing is very poor (as 1979SE pointed out!), and a lot of the pictures are very grainy. But the story and information in this book won't be found ANYWHERE else, especially one of those glossy Barnes-and-Noble "coffee table" books! 

Highly recommended for anyone that is interested in how cars are built and how plants operate. Thanks to Phil Borris for all the time and effort to document this information before the knowledge and memory of it is lost.
Greg

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Re: Echoes of Norwood
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 06:14:38 PM »
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Re: Echoes of Norwood
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2018, 08:45:13 PM »
used to own 6 houses in norwood and lived in one .5 mile away from where the plant was. 

still own 2 of them as rentals.
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Re: Echoes of Norwood
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2018, 08:48:35 PM »
Bring a Tank of Norwood air to the Natz to sell. 
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