DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its groundbreaking Dearborn Truck Plant. As the centerpiece of Ford Rouge Center, Dearborn Truck Plant was conceived as Ford’s vision of sustainable manufacturing and has served as flagship for the company’s next generation of lean and flexible plants.
Dearborn Truck Plant has produced more than 2.6 million F-150 trucks since it opened in May 2004. Once home to the iconic Ford Mustang, the plant now has more than 3,600 employees on a three-crew operating pattern producing 1,200 F-150 trucks daily. Later this year, production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 gets under way at Dearborn Truck Plant.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup, America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years.
“Dearborn Truck Plant has set world-class standards for efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes,” said Bruce Hettle, vice president, Ford North America manufacturing. “There is no better way to celebrate 10 years of top-notch manufacturing than gearing up to build the all-new F-150. The hardworking men and women of Dearborn Truck are excited to bring this Built Ford Tough truck to our customers.”
The plant is capable of building up to nine models on three vehicle platforms. It has close to 350 robots between its body and paint shops and final assembly area. This summer, the body shop will undergo a complete renovation in preparation to build the all-new F-150.
Living Roof and Sustainability Efforts
Once noted as the world’s largest living roof by Guinness World Records®, and now the largest in North America, Dearborn Truck Plant’s roof has flourished as an environmental touchstone since its installation in 2004. At 10.4 acres, the living roof sustains a diverse ecosystem, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduces energy use. It is part of an innovative storm water management system that reduces runoff and costs two-thirds less than a conventional water treatment process.
The facility maximizes the use of natural light and ventilation to reduce the financial and environmental costs of heating, cooling and powering the plant. The paint shop uses water-based primer and base coat systems that minimize harmful volatile emissions while also maintaining paint quality.
Efforts are made to use as much recyclable packaging as possible to reduce the volume of waste. A total waste management system incorporating transportation, disposal, recycling, reclamation and reuse of plant waste is in operation at Dearborn Truck Plant. To date, the facility has recycled more than 20 million pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic and wood.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
More than 1 million visitors from all over the world have taken the Ford Rouge factory tour, including racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox.
A self-guided, six-part experience, the tour is designed to educate visitors on the history of Ford Rouge Center and provide a 360-degree look at how vehicles are made. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to view the final assembly process of Ford F-150 from an elevated walkway.
This summer, the tour program undergoes a renovation, which will include new films, exhibits and hands-on experiences tied to the launch of the all-new F-150.
“The Rouge factory tour is a true gem, in that it showcases the history and the legacy of Henry Ford’s industrial vision, while highlighting the innovation taking place at Ford today,” said Cynthia Jones, general manager, Ford Rouge factory tour. “As we evolve the tour, we plan to create something memorable that people young and old can enjoy for years to come.”
The tour has been recognized as one of 10 great places that inspire innovation by USA Today. It is ranked No. 4 on Time magazine’s “Detroit: 10 Things to Do” list.
2015 Ford F-150
Along with Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., Dearborn Truck Plant will be the production site of the all-new Ford F-150, which sets the standard for the future of trucks. The use of advanced materials – including more high-strength steel than ever in the frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy throughout the vehicle body – improves durability while saving up to 700 pounds, giving customers greater towing, payload and fuel efficiency performance.
When it arrives in showrooms later this year, the all-new F-150 will have undergone more than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds Built Ford Tough standards.
In addition to an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine offering, the 2015 F-150 features a complete lineup of powertrains to let customers tailor the toughest, smartest, most capable pickup truck ever to their needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.
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