Christine MacDonald, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER
At its height, the fabled Packard plant housed more than 40,000 workers.
Now its sole rent-paying tenant, Chemical Processing, is leaving the decrepit facility after 52 years.
The company's owner, Bruce Kafarski, was born the same year his family moved the business into the Albert Kahn-designed plant built by the luxury automaker. His father and grandfathers worked on the line. But by the end of the year, Kafarski is moving his eight-employee metal finishing company to Madison Heights.
Kafarski has watched as the once-grand facility degenerated into a gutted eyesore, but he said the company's health and family obligations are prompting him to merge Chemical Processing with another firm.
"There's a lot of history here," said Kafarski, of Grosse Pointe Farms. "I think about how many thousands of workers worked out of here at one time."
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