It's been five years since General Motors ended decades of production at its hulking assembly plant in Janesville. In a two-day series, The Gazette takes an in-depth look at the economy and facilities left behind and how they're positioned for the future.
In the first day of a two-day series, The Gazette looks at the many issues that arose following the GM plant closing including how the local economy has stood up since the closure, how Janesville was portrayed and how successful the community development efforts were.
The second day will look at what the possible plans and potential uses are for the GM plant site and whether or not any contamination could derail those plans.
Below you will find a timeline documenting GM's time in Janesville, from the startup of the Janesville Machine Company in 1882 up to the closing of the plant on December 23, 2008.