Landmark guitar factory smokestack coming down, may return
A landmark smokestack that's among the last signs of Kalamazoo's Gibson guitar-making history is coming down for possible preservation and inclusion in a redevelopment plan on the property.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Thursday crews expect to finish dismantling the top of the white-lettered brick smokestack within about a week.
Officials say they are removing 30 feet of the 85-foot stack and will determine if more needs to go.
The top was deemed unstable.
The building is getting a $12 million renovation, and the plan includes observation areas to view the smokestack through lights.
A fundraising campaign is planned to preserve and reconstruct the stack.
Although Gibson Guitar Co. decamped for Nashville in 1984, Heritage Guitar Co. was started by some ex-Gibson employees and makes instruments on the site.