FLAT ROCK, Mich. - The 1,825,245th Mazda6 was the last Mazda vehicle built at AutoAlliance International
(AAI). After 25 years of production at the Flat Rock, Mich. facility, the final Mazda came off the line on Friday, Aug. 24 at around noon.
In honor of the moment, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations Jim O’Sullivan made a visit to the plant and employees had the chance to sign the hood of the last Mazda as it came down line.
Phil Glud, labor representative, was at the ceremony 25 years ago when the first Mazda was built at AAI, formerly Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation (MMUC), and
got the chance to drive the last Mazda vehicle off the line.
Additionally, Glud also was celebrating his retirement and driving the last Mazda car would be his final act as an AAI employee.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better exit to my career,” Glud said. “I am really thankful for my years at AAI and will never forget them.”
After building strong relationships and sharing in a rich history together, many employees were upset to see the Mazda team leave, but were grateful for the opportunity to work with them.
“I feel honored and privileged to have gotten the chance to work with our Mazda team,” said Plant Manager Tim Young.
AAI has been the home of the Mazda MX6, Mazda 626, Mazda6, Ford Probe, Mercury Cougar and is the current home of the Ford Mustang.