Today, Ford celebrates the 100th anniversary of an innovation that has had a great impact on manufacturing, industry and society as a whole: the moving assembly line. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the moving assembly line, we thought it’d be nice to take a look back at the history of the Ohio Assembly Plant.
The facility was originally built in 1946 by the Fruehauf Company and was utilized to build over-the-road trailers until its purchase by Ford in 1972.
At the time, the plant consisted of 1,000,000 square feet under one roof on 242 acres. With three smaller expansion in the 1970’s and 1980’s and with the expansion associated with the 1992 Ford Econoline and the 1993 Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest, the plant has grown to 3.7 million square feet on 419 acres.
In addition to manufacturing the Villager and the Quest, the Ohio Assembly Plant has also built the Ford Escape and the Mazda Tribute.
Since its opening, the plant has produced the E-Series (formerly known as the Econoline) and continues that production today.