Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant celebrates tenth anniversary
As the centrepiece of Ford Rouge Centre, Dearborn Truck Plant was conceived as Ford’s vision of sustainable manufacturing and has served as flagship for the company’s next generation of lean and flexible plants.
Dearborn Truck Plant has produced more than 2.6 million F-150 trucks since it opened in May 2004. Once home to the iconic Ford Mustang, the plant now has more than 3,600 employees on a three-crew operating pattern producing 1,200 F-150 trucks daily.
Later this year, production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 gets under way at Dearborn Truck Plant.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup, America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years.
“Dearborn Truck Plant has set world-class standards for efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes,” said Bruce Hettle, vice president, Ford North America manufacturing. “There is no better way to celebrate 10 years of top-notch manufacturing than gearing up to build the all-new F-150. The hardworking men and women of Dearborn Truck are excited to bring this Built Ford Tough truck to our customers.”
The plant is capable of building up to nine models on three vehicle platforms. It has close to 350 robots between its body and paint shops and final assembly area. This summer, the body shop will undergo a complete renovation in preparation to build the all-new F-150.
Ten years post-installation, North America’s largest living roof – about the size of eight football fields – continues to flourish atop Dearborn Truck Plant’s final assembly building, part of the Ford Rouge Centre.