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General Motors has restored and revived a former manufacturing facility that’s one of the most significant sites in the history of the North American auto industry. The Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint, Mich., dates back to the 1880s, when it began life as a cotton textile plant for Flint Woolen Mills. In 1886, William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant and business partner Josiah Dallas Dort leased the space to run the Flint Road Cart Co. to build horse-drawn carriages.