17600 Dix Road
Melvindale, MI 48122
(313) 386-2050

Ford Dearborne Mi

Plant Name:
Dearborn Truck Plant
MI - Michigan


Current Total Employment: 3,576
Hourly: 3,405
Salaried: 171


Current Products: Harley Davidson F-150, Lincoln Mark LT, Ford F-150
Year Opened: 2004
Site Size in Acres: 1,100
Plant Size in Square Feet: 2,600,000
Product History: F-150, Harley Davidson Truck, Lariat, Raptor

In 1921, auto pioneer Henry Leland was forced to sell the automotive company he had formed with his son Wilfred.

Named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the Lelands had set up the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917 to build aircraft engines for the Allies. When World War I ended, the company began building luxury cars but financial troubles forced it into bankruptcy in 1921.

But Edsel Ford saw potential value in Lincoln and, at his urging, Ford Motor Company bought what remained of the company for $8 million on Feb. 4, 1922.

1928 Lincoln advertisement. The younger Ford recognized that, while Ford would continue to produce the Model T for the multitudes, the Lincoln brand would enable it to produce a luxury vehicle for a smaller, but influential, market.

By June, the Lelands were gone and Edsel took control of the brand, remaining integral to its operation until his untimely death in 1943.

The younger Ford was a patron of the arts and as such, he appreciated the beauty of the automobiles as much as its functionality. He engaged noted coach builders from all over the country, such as Brunn, Judkins, and LeBaron, to design and produce special, luxury bodies for Lincoln. He also chose the leaping greyhound hood ornament for the Lincolns of the 1920s as a symbol of speed and grace.

In its history, the Lincoln division produced many iconic vehicles including the original 1939 Lincoln Continental (which inspires the Lincoln grilles of today), President Franklin D. Roosevelt's “Sunshine Special” Limousine and even the 1955 Futura concept car that later became the original Batmobile.

1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible. Other stand-out designs include the Continental Mark II in 1955 and the clean, Kennedy-era Lincolns of the 1960s. The company also stayed true to its roots by producing tank engines and parts during World War II and by partnering with prominent fashion designers to create a number of “designer series” vehicles in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Ironically, Henry Leland and Henry Ford had crossed paths once before. In 1902, Leland had been called in as an engine advisor to one of Ford's early car companies. Ford promptly resigned and Leland reorganized the company – to create Cadillac.

In recent years, these pages of our Sustainability Report focused on disappointing financial results and our necessary efforts to sustain our business through workforce reductions and streamlined manufacturing. As painful as that process was – and as painful as it remains for those whose jobs were eliminated – it is essential to note that we did not “downsize” our operations as much as we “rightsized” our business. We minimized overcapacity and reduced inefficiencies, resulting in a leaner, but stronger, Ford Motor Company. This positions us to continue the profitable growth we have reported over the past two years so that all stakeholders can benefit from the Company's success.

Prior to our reorganization, we were a company that was global in name only. Today, we operate on a truly global platform, building vehicles that can be adapted for specific regional needs. For example, about 80 percent of the auto parts on our new global Ford Focus are the same around the world; the remaining 20 percent varies to allow for customer flexibility and choice. Flexible manufacturing capabilities enable us to bring products to market with greater speed and greater efficiency than ever before.

The fundamental restructuring of our operations impacted every part of our business – from product innovation and fuel efficiency to labor relations and our interactions with suppliers and dealers. This restructuring helped earn us a “Business Turnaround of the Year” award from the 2010 American Business Awards, which are judged by more than 200 executives from across the U.S. The award recognized our efforts to turn the corner during 2009 in the face of a global economic and financial crisis, as well as unprecedented events in the U.S. automotive industry.

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 30, 2008 – Ford Motor Company employees at Dearborn Truck Plant today celebrated the production launch of the new 2009 Ford F-150, which offers unrivaled capability, unsurpassed fuel economy and the most choice in the full-size truck segment.

During the celebration, employees, dealers, government officials and United Auto Workers leaders, also previewed the bold new marketing campaign for the 2009 Ford F-150, which debuts Sunday on “ NFL on Fox ” with print and radio ads to follow.

“Ford is the truck leader and F-150 truck buyers expect and demand the best truck on the market,” said Ford Motor Company CEO and President Alan Mulally, who thanked plant employees for a successful launch of the new F-150. “The employees at Dearborn Truck Plant are delivering a truck that is ‘Built Ford Tough' with an unwavering focus on quality and craftsmanship.”

Ford also announced that it was restoring the third crew to Dearborn Truck Plant in January, a move that will add approximately 1,000 skilled trades and production workers to the plant's work force.

“The new F-150 is the best truck Ford has ever produced and we expect a strong response from core truck buyers,” said Joe Hinrichs, group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “Despite the challenges in the market, the full-size pickup segment remains one of the largest in the industry and we are ensuring we have the production capacity we need to meet market demand.”

On sale now, the new F-150's fuel economy is improved by an average of 8 percent across the entire lineup versus the prior model year, the result of a wide range of engineering enhancements. The fuel economy gains reach as high as 12 percent on F-150 models equipped with the high-volume 3-valve, 5.4-liter V-8 engine. At the same time, the new F-150 delivers class-leading towing capability of 11,300 pounds and hauling capacity of 3,030 pounds – a combination no other competitor can match.

The new F-150 offers more standard safety equipment than any other half-ton pickup on the market, with comparable or better pricing at all three cab configurations versus the competition. The F-150 Lariat SuperCrew, for example, starts at $35,820*, more than $5,000 less than a comparably equipped 2009 Dodge Ram.

The new 2009 Ford F-150's strengths and appeal to core truck customers was affirmed earlier this month when the Texas Auto Writers Association named it the one and only “Truck of Texas,” the top honor at TAWA's annual Truck Rodeo.

Ford invested $148 million in the Dearborn Truck Plant for new tooling and equipment to build the new F-150, which offers consumers the most cab styles, box options and trim levels.

Upgrades include the addition of flexible automation in the paint shop.

In final assembly, the box line was extended to support installation of the F-150 cargo management system and the tailgate step. The plant also added a New Model Quality Center which is designed to take Ford's quality-focused manufacturing processes to the next level. The New Model Quality Center helped Ford prove out manufacturing, test vehicles and train employees for the launch of the 2009 F-150.

In the body shop, automated weld fixtures that allow for greater flexibility and state-of-the-art, precision lasers were installed to mate the roof and body-side panels to the truck's new roof structure, which features the industry's first use of ultra-high-strength, dual-phase steel. The stiffer, tighter structure contributes to improved safety and delivers a quieter more refined ride.

Before the production launch of the 2009 F-150 began, prototypes of the new truck endured 4.5 million miles of real-world and laboratory testing.

And while the truck was undergoing tough testing, Dearborn Truck Plant employees were focused on ways to build in quality into each new F-150.

“The team at Dearborn Truck Plant understands the importance of the F-150 to Ford,” said Rob Webber, plant manager, Dearborn Truck Plant. “They are proud to build Ford's best F-150 ever.”

The new 2009 F-150 also is produced at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP). Ford invested $110 million in Kansas City Assembly Plant for new tooling and equipment to build the new F-150, specifically precision lasers in the body shop, new clear-coat robots in the paint shop and an extended box line in final assembly. KCAP also added 65 new error-proofing devices.

*includes $975.00 destination and delivery

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 229,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com

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