LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It was 10 years ago this coming Tuesday that the final Oldsmobile drove off the line at General Motors' Lansing Car Assembly plant.
That Alero sedan represented the send-off to a nameplate founded in the city more than a century ago by the son of a machinist.
The Lansing State Journal reports it was a bitter farewell, but one tempered by the promise of new car industry jobs in Lansing for years to come in the form of new plants making other GM brands.
The Detroit automaker was criticized locally for killing the Oldsmobile division.
But it may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
As the State Journal points out, Lansing's auto economy is no longer tied to the success or failure of any one brand.