Former Rover workers, who clocked up 110 years service at Longbridge between them, have signed a steel beam at a £66 million college being built on the site of the old plant.
Bournville College, due to be completed in September 2011, is part of a £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge.
Among the seven workers who left their mark was 84-year-old Dennis Hartland who worked there from 1970 until he retired in 1990.
The 74-year-old, who lives opposite the site, said: “I was part of a great workforce, it was like the bread and butter of the community. I was angry when it closed. At least it looks like something else is rising out of it.”
James Coughlan, aged 40, from Longbridge, worked at the factory from the age of 18 until its demise. He took an access to health studies course at the college and now works as a nurse in organ transplants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The steel beam will go in the sports hall of the new college.
MG Rover collapsed in 2005 with the loss of a total of 6,500 jobs.