Today is the last day of the GM's Boxwood Road assembly plant (Wilmington, DE), which means that today is also the last day of Pontiac Solstice.
Last month, General Motors announced that they will close the Boxwood plant by August. This was of little surprise because the company had already mentioned that they would cut Pontiac from the lineup of brands and sell Saturn to Penske Automotive Group by the end of 2009. The Boxwood plant was responsible for production of Kappa-platform roadsters, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, only. The platform, and the plant as well, could be used to produce some additional models, e.g. a two-door Chevy Nomad wagon that was unveiled back in 2002. General Motors though decided to close it as a part of restructuring process.
The plant's last vehicle was a silver Pontiac Solstice that rolled off the assembly line this morning. After the last Pontiac was assembled, the plant was hosting a farewell celebration for workers and retirees. Though for some people, like for example a 29-year veteran of the factory James Graves, it was not a fun party but rather a funeral.