WOODHAVEN, Mich. – In 1966, several Ford Motor Company executives, including Bill Ford, Sr., joined Michigan Gov. George Romney to speak at a very special event – Woodhaven Stamping Plant’s dedication ceremony.
PHOTO: Bill Ford, Sr. (left), speaks at the Woodhaven Stamping Plant dedication ceremony along side Michigan Gov. George Romney (right).
The ceremony officially kicked off what was then one of the largest dedicated stamping plants in the company. The 2.5 million-square-foot facility pressed dozens of major parts for several Ford carlines, most notably for the iconic Mustang, during its first production runs.
The plant had been operational for months before the ceremony, but the high-profile event stood as a testament to the important role the plant played not only in the production of vehicles, but to the constant flow of parts to the moving assembly line.
In fact, the company leadership was so eager to build the state-of-the-art stamping plant that it went from its first sketch to the production stage in less than a year in 1964.
Fast-forward almost 50 years later and the plant still plays a pivotal role in the production of some of America’s favorite vehicles. A majority of Woodhaven’s production is dedicated to supporting the F-150, including door opening panels, inner panels for several carlines, complete F-150 box, fenders, floor plans, tailgates, hoods and body sides.
PHOTO: In 1964, the Detroit-based Albert Kahn Associated Architects & Engineers Inc. presented the final design (above) of the 2.5 million-square-foot facility.
The men and women of Woodhaven Stamping still produce several parts of the Mustang today, which are shipped just a few miles south to Flat Rock Assembly Plant, the home of the Pony Car.
Take a look at some modern-day and archival photos of Woodhaven Stamping Plant below:
PHOTO: The top photo, provided by the Ford Archives, shows the original Woodhaven Stamping Plant sign being installed in 1965. The below photo was taken in October 2013.
PHOTO: Members of the media and Ford employees were invited on a guided tour of the facility during its dedication ceremony in 1966. The lower image shows a modern stamping line at the plant in October 2013.
PHOTO: The above photo shows one of the first presses being installed at Woodhaven Stamping Plant in 1965. The below photo shows one of the facility's modern-day presses, capable of stamping several different parts through one dynamic machine and line.