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Location Category ID: 54950
Address: 2720 Tweedy Boulevard, South Gate, California 90280 (South East High School)
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Latitude, Longitude: 33.94225627 , -118.22456359
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M5 Stuart Light Tank (Secondary manufacturer August-December 1942)
2: M5A1 Stuart Light Tank (Secondary manufacturer December 1942-August 1943)

South Gate Assembly was a General Motors automobile plant located in the Los Angeles suburb of South Gate, California. It opened in 1936 to build B-O-P (Buick-Olds-Pontiac) cars for sale on the US west coast. Managed by the Pontiac division, it was the first GM facility west of the Mississippi River. It was also the first GM plant to build multiple car lines, resulting from a Depression-spawned move to cut production costs by sharing components and manufacturing. South Gate was the second of several B-O-P “branch” assembly plants (the first being the Buick-operated Linden plant), part of GM's strategy to have production facilities in as many places as possible. These "branch" plants built cars for distribution to a specific region.
When war came the plant specialized in repairing diesel engines, and manufacturing tanks and aircraft parts. Following the war the plant returned to automobile production.
The plant was converted from full-size car production to the subcompact H-body cars for 1975. This arrangement was short-lived, and GM returned the factory to building full-size vehicles for 1977. However, due to decreasing sales of the Chevrolet B-body cars, it was idled in March 1980. Continuing slow sales resulted in the closure of the plant, with production ending on March 23, 1982. The plant site was later environmentally remediated and used as the location for new schools which were built by the Los Angeles Unified School District to relieve severe congestion in the existing schools of South Gate.