Today, Ford celebrates the 100th anniversary of the single innovation that has had the largest impact on manufacturing, industry and society as a whole to date: Ford’s moving assembly line. Not only did the moving assembly line drastically increase the pace at which Ford vehicles were produced, it also drove down the price of each car making them more accessible to the masses.
Reasonably priced cars changed the modern world forever. More people were able to enjoy the freedom of mobility – their goals and dreams were no longer limited by geography.
Henry Ford’s vision for Ford Motor Company was to build great products that serve people and move the world forward, and that vision still guides us today. His core principles – quality parts, continuous flow, division of labor and reducing wasted effort, remain the foundation for how Ford innovates with today’s advanced, flexible Ford Production System.
Ford began its Chicago operations in 1914 with the construction of Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP), where it produced more than 4,200 Model T Touring sedans in the first year. CAP plant relocated to its current location in 1924, just 16 miles down the road from Chicago Stamping Plant. Chicago Assembly Plant is Ford’s oldest assembly plant in North America still in operation.
Chicago Stamping Plant opened its doors in 1956 and has created stampings for several assembly plant customers. The most recent addition to the plant was shipping areas in 2001, making the current plant side 2.5 million square feet. Today, CSP is proud to supply stampings for customers in the following locations:
• Ford Explorer built at Chicago Assembly Plant
• Ford Taurus built at Chicago Assembly Plant
• Lincoln MKS built at Chicago Assembly Plant
• Police Interceptor Sedan built at Chicago Assembly Plant
• Police Interceptor Utility built at Chicago Assembly Plant
• Ford Escape built at Louisville Assembly Plant
• Ford Super Duty Trucks built at Kentucky Truck Plant
• Ford Flex built at Oakville Assembly Plant
• Lincoln MKT built at Oakville Assembly Plant
• Ford Expedition built at Kentucky Truck plant
• Ford Focus built at Michigan Assembly Plant
• (coming soon!) Transit built at Kansas City Assembly Plant