William C. Durant , General Motors founder, claimed that the Buick plant he built on this site in 1905-06 was the nation's largest automobile factory. The names of many Buick leaders are synonymous with automobile history. Louis Chevrolet, a Buick race driver, later developed the Chevrolet car with Durant. Charles Nash
and Walter Chrysler served as presidents of Buick before starting their own companies. During World War I, Flint's Buick factories built Liberty aircraft engines and ambulances. World War II Hellcat tank destroyers and other war materials were also made here. Under Harlowe Curtice, a post-war GM president, Buick expanded greatly, promoting its cars as high-powered and distinctive. In the 1980s the Buick City Assembly Center was built across the street, on the site of Buick's original north Flint factory.