DEARBORN - Anyone would be happy to celebrate their 25th anniversary with Ford Motor Company. But for Frank John Balowski, that 25th anniversary is a little sweeter, because he’s a fourth generation Ford employee. His great-grandfather, grandfather and father all worked for Ford.
“I am proud to be a fourth generation Ford employee in my family,” Balowski said. “It is important to me because I can see the results of my family working for Ford. We have all been able to raise our children and provide for them because of our jobs with Ford.”
Frank’s great-grandfather, John Frank Balowski worked at the Rouge Facility through the Great Depression, retiring in 1951 after 35 years on the job. That milestone was commemorated by a gold watch with the following engraving:
“Presented by Ford Motor Company to John F. Balowski on his 35th Anniversary, 1916-1951, Henry Ford II (signed)”
Frank still has this watch today, and cherishes it as a family heirloom.
Frank’s grandfather, Frank John Balowski, started working at Ford until he was drafted in WWII. When he returned, he worked in trades at the Rouge Plant, and then was transferred to the plant in Monroe, Mich.. He passed away in 1960.
Frank’s dad, Frank Joseph Balowski, started at the plant in Monroe in 1959 and then transferred to Woodhaven in 1965. He retired from the plant in Woodhaven, and is still alive today.
Frank started with Ford on March 21, 1988 at the Flat Rock plant. Frank said he started making Ford products from day one building the Ford Probe. Then he moved to the Dearborn Truck Plant three years ago, working in the MP&L department.
“I am excited about the increase in production and the turnaround that’s been seen in the market. How well Ford has been able to come back shows me this company is here to stay for another 100+ years,” he said.
When asked about some of the stories his relatives shared with him about working at Ford, Frank noted, “I am really proud of the fact that I could hear the simple stories about what it was like to work for Ford during the times my great-grandfather, grandfather and father worked.”
What would he would tell younger generations in his family who might consider a career with Ford, “I would tell them that for every generation in my family that worked at Ford, they were able to provide for their families. Even during the Great Depression and the World Wars, they were still able to obtain and keep jobs with Ford.”