DEARBORN -- On Sunday, September 15th, the Dearborn Tool & Die (DTD) Plant opened its doors to employees family and friends to celebrate 75 years of business! Construction began on DTD’s state-of-the-art facility in 1938 and doors first opened in 1939. Detroit architect, Albert Kahn designed the building with hundreds of windows that allow for natural lighting. DTD was sometimes referred to as Henry Ford’s “tinker toy shop.”
The primary funcion of the plant was to build and proveout dies for the company's metal stamping operations.
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Family and friends of DTD workers were invited into the plant to get a glimpse into the world of a diemaker. They were given a pair a safety glasses and a walking map and told to enjoy. Stations were set up around the plant to show demonstrations of what happens every day at DTD.
“We had over 1,000 people come through and it was a great day,” said Terry Henning, DTD Plant Manager. “I believe we were able to let the plant ’speak for itself’ in the progress we have made. I heard many, many positive comments on how surprised everyone was with the housekeeping and the overall appearance of the plant.”
“Our retired die makers were truly impressed with how quickly we can now build a die and how we have leveraged our processes and technology to become a world class leader,” Henning continued. “I appreciate the efforts of the UAW leadership, salaried team and the presenters at each station that helped make this day special.”
Terry Henning, DTD Plant manager and Bob Brezovsky, UAW Tool & Die Unit President.
DTD UAW Representatives at the entrance to the Open House.
Terry Henning, DTD Plant Manager and Larry Snowden, past DTD Plant Manager.