Changing Gears: Borg Warner to DSI

Saturday 06 November 2021 to Sunday 13 February 2022 (DAILY event)

Overview

Borg-Warner, BTR Automotive, ION Ltd, DSI, and Geely Automotive Holdings – changes at Lavington’s transmission plant were felt throughout the Albury Wodonga community. Officially opened on 8…

Borg-Warner, BTR Automotive, ION Ltd, DSI, and Geely Automotive Holdings – changes at Lavington’s transmission plant were felt throughout the Albury Wodonga community.

Officially opened on 8 October 1971, the plant provided work for generations of local families and unprecedented opportunities for women and apprentices. It supported local sports teams and community fundraising efforts. Employees recall an active social club, good conditions, and great friendships.

The rise and fall of the factory mirror Australia’s automotive industry. After 44 years, thousands of employees, millions of transmissions, five owners, and two administrations, the factory shut its doors in 2014.

This exhibition explores the history of the plant, its achievements and contributions, and the stories of its people.

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