Janesville man makes clocks from old General Motors materials

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Gone are the days of the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Before the factory was demolished, people got bricks as a parting gift.

Gone are the days of the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Before the factory was demolished, people got bricks as a parting gift. One man chose something else though. Preserving memories for others is something Chris Wells never thought he had time to do.

One man chose something else though. Preserving memories for others is something Chris Wells never thought he had time to do.

"My dad and I started doing clocks about 30 years ago actually,” Wells said.

What used to be time cut out to spend with his dad turned into a business for Wells. The man with a history of building takes wood from structures he knows are running out of time.

"We have them from timeless timber, brought up off the bottom of Lake Michigan. I have clocks from Howard Hughes. Clocks from Camp Randall Stadium,” Wells said. "They’d go up to the attic to play basketball. They had rafters to shoot around. That made the Mineral Point kids tough to beat."

When time expired for the General Motors plant, it was Wells’ dad who got the gears moving for G.M. [General Motors] clocks, something he never got to finish.

"While I was in the Marines, I kind of knew all my friends were working at G.M. We kind thought we all were doing our job out there so they could do there."

As time moves on, memories are something that never run out of time, and Wells is happy to give a chunk of it back to others.

"I think I got enough wood for 2,500 clocks,” Wells said. “That is equivalent to one year at G.M. And there were 90 years there. "

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