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September 6, 2013

Plan would create testing facility at Willow Run

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP (AP) — The site of the former Willow Run powertrain plant in Michigan would be transformed into a high-tech vehicle research, development and testing facility under plans unveiled Thursday.

The trust set up to oversee properties owned by a pre-bankruptcy General Motors announced plans for the “connected vehicle research center” in Washtenaw County’s Ypsilanti Township along with Devon Industrial Group and Walbridge Development LLC.

The plan wouldn’t stand in the way of a campaign to save a portion of the plant where Rosie the Riveter helped build World War II-era bombers and became an icon of American female empowerment. That portion would be a new, expanded home for the Yankee Air Museum.

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