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The holdout: Alone in an abandoned car plant

DETROIT ( — Most people assume the Packard Plant in Detroit is vacant. It’s an industrial ruin where the last car was manufactured 53 years ago.

Almost all the windows are blown out. Collapsed walls litter the overgrown sidewalks with broken bricks, mixed with charred metal and shattered glass.

But one tenant remains headquartered among the vines, rust and graffiti. Where 11,000 employees once clocked in, now just 10 workers for Chemical Processing Inc. show up each morning.

Running a business in a facility widely assumed to be deserted has its challenges. The address surprises customers. The landlord doesn’t make repairs. And sometimes, scrappers steal your power lines.


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