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St. Thomas Assembly Plant Tour - Penultimate

With The End Of Production In Sight, Some Dedicated Owners Visit The Place Where Their Cars Were Made.

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Last summer, we flew 2,500 miles to the Great White North to check out a car show with just 33 cars in attendance. While our company's accountants might condemn this trip as a colossal waste of capital, it made perfect sense to us. We wanted to go to what we thought might be the last of the CrownVic.net assembly plant tours, a CVN forum member tour of the St. Thomas Assembly Plant that's been held almost every summer since 2002.

St. Thomas Fast Facts
Year opened: 1967
Site size: 635 acres
Plant size: 2,600,000 square feet
Employees: 1,508 hourly, 82 salary
Current vehicles assembled: Ford Crown Victoria, New York taxi (long-wheelbase CV), Lincoln Town Car Past vehicles assembled: Mercury Grand Marquis, Mercury Marauder, Ford Escort, Mercury Zephyr, Ford Fairmont, Ford Pinto, Ford Maverick, Ford Falcon
The assembly line moves at a rate of 60 cars per hour, meaning workers at each station have only 56 seconds to perform their assigned task. It takes about 22 hours to build a complete car. St. Thomas has assembled as many as 230,000 cars per year. Currently, it is operating at a rate of about 100,000 cars per year running one shift a day.

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