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CLEVELAND TANK PLANT, BROOK PARK, CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO, USA



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Location Category ID:
85790
Address: 6300 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, OH 44135
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Other Links: Encylopedia of Cleveland History
Latitude, Longitude: 41.39854179 , -81.8530476
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank (Sole manufacturer 1951-ca1953)
2: M41A1 Walker Bulldog Light Tank (Sole manufacturer ca1952-1954)
3: M41A2 Walker Bulldog Light Tank (Sole manufacturer 1951-ca1953)
4: M41A3 Walker Bulldog Light Tank (Sole manufacturer ca1952-1954)
5: M41B Light Tank (Sole manufacturer of base vehicle 1951-1954)
6: M41C Light Tank (Sole manufacturer of base vehicle 1951-1954)
7: M551 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank - M551 (Sole manufacturer June 1966-November 1970)
8: M551A1 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank (Sole manufacturer of base M551 June 1966-November 1970)
9: M108 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer October 1962-1963)
10: M108 Self-Propelled Howitzer - T195E1 (Sole manufacturer October 1962-1963)
11: M108 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer October 1962-1963)
12: M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)
13: M109A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)
14: Panzerhaubitze 66/74 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)
15: M109A2/90 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)
16: M109A3 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)
17: M109A4 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer November 1962-1969)



The I-X Center, an exhibition building located at 6300 Riverside Drive in Brook Park, Cleveland, was originally built in 1942 as the Cleveland Bomber Plant, but was known through most of its history as the Cleveland Tank Plant. Owned by the U.S. Department of Defense during World War II, the facility was operated by General Motors as the Fisher Body Aircraft Plant No. 2 and made the B-29 bomber. When the war ended the plant closed. After a brief tenure as an exhibition hall and sales center, the plant was leased to National Terminals for soybean storage. By 1950, as the Korean War expanded, General Motors’ Cadillac Division selected the Bomber Plant as the manufacturing site for tanks. The Cadillac Tank Plant, as it was renamed, produced the M41 light tank until 1955. After closing in 1959, the plant reopened in 1960, when Cadillac was awarded contracts to build the self-propelled T195 and T196 howitzers and M114 armoured personnel carriers. In 1965 GM shifted management of the tank plant (now usually called the Cleveland Tank Plant or the Cleveland Ordnance Plant) to its Allison Division. Among the products of the Cleveland Tank Plant operation was the M551 Sheridan tank. Congress decided to discontinue the program when the GM contract was completed in 1972. The Defense Department announced its intention to sell the plant. Brook Park, Cleveland, and GM expressed interest but dropped out of the bidding for various reasons. In 1977 the Park Corporation of Charleston, WV, bought the facility to create an international trade mart. That plan never fully materialized, but in 1985 Park opened the former tank plant as the I-X Center, billed as the largest single-building exhibition facility in the world. (Source: Encylopedia of Cleveland History).