Delta Mills Industry: Then and Now

IMG_1966      In late December 1836, a dam was constructed along the banks of the Grand River by head mechanic Addison Hayden. Later the next spring the frail dam was swept away. The dam was soon rebuilt and more fortified structures where constructed. Erastus S. Ingersoll settled here in 1836 and constructed a water-powered sawmill. A gristmill was added, and in 1840 a resident wrote that people came from twenty miles around to have their flour made. Located in present day on Old River Trail. Many came from all around to use Ingersoll’s mill. Then Delta Township was supported by farming, grist, and sawmills


Today Delta Township is home to gmLansing Delta Township Assembly. The General Motors automobile plant produces Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia vehicles. This Plant is 3,400,000 square feet and employs over 4,000 workers today. The facility is an LEED gold-certified automotive plant that reduces water and electricity use, was constructed of 25% recycled materials, and contains a 75 acre wildlife reserve.