Former Ford plant turned cancer science and research hub, The Assembly opens in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, Pa. — What was once a former production plant and showroom floor for Ford Motor Co. and its Model T in Bloomfield is now — more than 100 years later — the home to what officials hope will serve as an epicenter of innovation in life sciences for university researchers, entrepreneurs and other companies that work in related fields.

Executives with the University of Pittsburgh and Baltimore, Maryland-based developer Wexford Science & Technology LLC, among others, celebrated the official opening on Thursday of The Assembly, a 355,000-square-foot facility that includes floors of laboratories, research & development areas and office space in addition to an auditorium that can hold 250 people and a parking garage with 324 spaces. Originally built in 1915 and named the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, the building served as Ford’s “one-stop-shop” for the production, showroom display and then sale of its Model T in Pittsburgh up until 1932. The facility then continued to exist as a dealership until 1953 before it sat vacant for decades.

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