Dayton Daily News front page of Dec. 24, 2008.

‘Goodbye, GM’: Remembering the Moraine plant’s last day, almost 10 years later

The front page of the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, led with a large headline: “Goodbye, GM.”

The previous day was the last of operations at GM’s Moraine Assembly plant. The powerful photo featured on the front page showed workers hugging in the parking lot while leaving on the final day.

GM made a similar announcement about its production facility in Lordstown earlier this week, which brought back memories. 

READ MORE: GM to idle Lordstown plant in Ohio

The company continues to have strong ties in this region because several suppliers employing thousands of workers are connected to GM’s fate.

The history of GM Moraine plant goes back to 1921, when it was built. In May 2014, Fuyao Glass America moved into the building and now employs thousands there.

TIMELINE: The history of the Moraine plant, from its rise to fall to re-rising

The Dayton Daily News front page is one of dozens featured as part of a celebration of the newspaper’s 120th anniversary, which happened in August. We’ve collected a photo gallery and a special section with stories, photos, videos and more information about the groundbreaking work of the Dayton Daily News.

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December 24, 2008: The front page of the Dayton Daily News coverage GM announcing the closure of its plant in Moraine. VIEW THE FULL-SIZE PAGE: https://www.daytondailynews.com/rw/Pub/p9/DaytonDailyNews/2018/08/14/Images/2008_12_24.jpg

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