It was a big boost for the local economy, and started the transformation of Spring Hill from a sleepy little village to one of the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee.
The first Saturn S-series car rolled off the line at the new plant on July 30, 1990. The last Saturns -- Vues and Ions -- were built there in March 2007, but General Motors had no intention of shutting the facility down forever.
Ecotec 2.0 and 2.4 liter engines continued to be made there, but the rest of the plant started a major transformation. Tons and tons of machinery were dismantled, moved, rebuilt, redesigned. Apart from Saturn Parkway, the link to I-65, all the road signs were changed to refer to "GM Spring Hill" instead of "Saturn."
See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.