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Anniversary celebration planned for Fisher One plant in Flint

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(12/04/12) - Twenty-five years ago this month, the last car rolled off the line at Fisher One in Flint.

The plant played a pivotal role in the country's industrial and labor history.

In December 1987, the assembly lines at Fisher One shut down for the last time.

"A sense of pride, a sense of loss, a sense of something ending. I think at that point it wasn't quite clear what would happen," said Peggy Adams, Anniversary Celebration organizer.

Now 25 years later, the empty building is the only reminder of what was a sprawling automotive complex.

For decades, Fisher One employed thousands in Mid-Michigan and was the home of the famous sit down strike in the late 1930s - an event that forever changed the US labor movement.

David Arceo's dad helped build the plant and later participated in the strike.

"That's something you have to be really proud of, our American people and how they moved forward," said David Arceo, who retired from Fisher Body.

Arceo retired from Fisher when it closed. His son, a third generation plant employee, went on to work at other GM plants.

Their family and many others will reminisce together at the 25th anniversary reunion next week.

"We have to realize that for every individual that is there there's probably a hundred other individuals who are no longer with us," Arceo said.

"It's a little more formalized. We're going to honor people and look back at history. We're going to have a short film on the sit down strike," Adams said.

The 25th Anniversary Reunion is Dec. 15 at local 659.

To attend the celebration, you must purchase tickets by Wednesday. You can do so by calling 810-653-0489.

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