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Without question, Hapeville's most notable landmark for decades was the Ford auto plant. The Ford plant, known as "Atlanta Assembly," was opened in December 1947 and was closed on October 2006. In 2006, one consulting firm rated it the most efficient auto plant in the United States. Cars built in Hapeville included the following Ford models -- Fairlane, Fairmont, Falcon, Galaxie, Granada, LTD, Ranchero, Taurus, Thunderbird, Torino -- and the Mercury Marquis, Sable and Zephyr. Part of the site is now the new headquarters of Porsche Cars North America.
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But Hapeville has seen its share of tragedy, too. On May 29, 1968, a natural gas explosion killed nine people at the Hapeville Day Nursery. The original photo caption states that "the blast, which heavily damaged the nursery building, was attributed to a bulldozer ripping a gas main while working on a construction project."