Saturday, August 22, 2009

GM Trim Plant Rubble

Before moving south to Windsor, I remember the devastation that was the result of the closing of the MacMillan Bloedel Mill just west of North Bay, in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Hundreds of people were suddenly thrown out of work in this small northern town. It was indeed a harsh blow to the community and its economy. You don't expect to see that sort of thing happening, but it appears that with the global economy, such as it is, no one or no place is safe anymore from financial and economic ruin. Sometimes it takes decades or a lifetime to recover from the effects of such calamities. This photo that I took one morning when my friend Frank, and I were out and about after coffee, is proof of that. It is all that remains of the once mighty General Motors Trim plant here in Windsor, Ontario. Several thousand people were employed in this plant, and one has to wonder what became of them all. This photo shows just a small amount of the rubble, as to show it all, I would have had to be very high up in the air and shooting down with a wide angle lens. The shiny objects in the foreground are the Mercury vapor lights that used to illuminate around the plant at night. While shooting this photo, I couldn't help but think of the collapse of the cod fishery in my home province of Newfoundland. They are still reeling from the effects of that event. However, they moved on, and found other sources of wealth, namely oil, and are for the first time since joining Confederation, a HAVE province. Meanwhile, the economy of Ontario took such a nosedive that it for the first time ever has become a HAVE NOT province. A dramatic reversal of fortunes indeed for both provinces. The only thing that remains the same is change itself. It is unavoidable, and folks everywhere usually stand back, have a good hard look, and then get on with the business of rebuilding their lives and communities. There are already signs of improvement here in Windsor, and that is great to see.


Mike de Moree said...

What a great image Dave. First I thought it was some art installation until I looked closer and after reading your caption it saddens me to think about all the jobs lost at this plant. Yes, even though the business news in our media tell us that the recession is over, we know that the people still suffer and for the ordinary worker the end of the recession is simply not true.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Mike,
Thanks for your kind comments. My first few shots of this was through a high chain link fence. But just as we were leaving, I found a gate that was unlocked and partly opened. So I quickly went inside the fence for this closer shot. This scene is only about 1/4 of its actual size. Dave

Ed Deasy said...


Its a bit of a shock that they weren't required to clean up the site. There must be a lot of nasty metals leaching down from that mess.


David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Ed,
No kidding eh? Also, can you possibly imagine the critters holed up in that mess? Thanks for stopping by. Dave