Rosie the Riveter factory gets reprieve

Rosie the Riveter once worked in Michigan factory that a museum founder wants to preserve. The deadline to save the Rosie the Riveter factory has been pushed back from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1.

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Part of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant is shown at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.,in July. Dennis Norton, founder of the Yankee Air Museum, has raised $5 million of the $8 million in donations he needs to save part of the factory.

A group looking to save part of the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter once worked has been given another deadline extension to raise the necessary cash.

Yankee Air Museum founder Dennis Norton tells The Ann Arbor News he now has until Nov. 1 to raise the remaining $3 million to preserve a portion of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant. The Save the Bomber campaign has raised $5 million.

The trust set up to oversee properties owned by a pre-bankruptcy General Motors confirms the museum has been given additional time. The museum previously had an Oct. 1 deadline.

Rose Will Monroe worked at the plant. Her role as Rosie the Riveter in promotional films persuaded American women to take jobs during World War II.

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