Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Ellwood City, PA
When we walked through the plant and were allowed to take pictures, I knew it was totally different....it really was the end. There were no longer any trade secrets that needed to be hidden, no special equipment that couldn't be photographed, not processes that couldn't be seen. The workers who were still there were wonderful, they thanked us....they actually thanked us. They shook our hands and thanked us for buying the cars that they built. I didn't know what to say. I shook hands, I touched people, I shared looks into eyes, but at the end of the day I got to leave and go back to a job, these people didn't have. When we finished the walk-thru and were standing around waiting for a couple of people to catch up to us the lights in the plant started to shut down one bank at a time. All of the lights went out except for the couple of areas where people were still working. It left a hollow feeling in my stomach. It was truly the end. The lights had been put on just for us to walk thru one last time. Even on their last days these workers were still doing everything they could for us. When we lined up our cars along the fence at quitting time many of the workers drove out past us and waved. Most of them said thanks, many even walked past and shook hands with us on the way to their cars. I watched one woman drive by my car with tears streaming down her face but she was still telling everyone thanks. I was at Mecca II and remember seeing so many wonderful people, I remember talking to them, even kidding them about cheering for the wrong hockey team and now all I can do is pray for they safe keeping. It's such a sad and sorry time for so many right now. We are sad because we won't be able to buy a Solstice or a Sky next year, I know I was upset because I wanted to get a coupe next year, but now I really see the impact that closing the plant down is having on so many wonderful people. Remember the people who did so much to make our lives so enjoyable by building our cars. Keep them in your prayers.
First 1000 Order VIN # 000218 - Time Stamp 2:35:20
DEEP with Steel/Sand leather,
142,600+ miles on the odo and still goin' strong - My wife named my car "Nittany" after Penn State, my Alma Mater
Reborn at the factory at 57,100 miles
New water pump and timing chain at 104,181 miles
Exhaust cam solenoid valve at 121,000 miles
WPASC ( Western PA Area Solstice Club )
Founding Member #41
"Resting up after the Pgh. Vintage Grand Prix !"
Last edited by Ex-Miata Man; 07-29-2009 at 04:57 AM.