Former Casting Plant sign to soon shine anew at area museum

A prominent piece of Ford Windsor’s past will soon become part of a prized display at an area museum.

A large, illuminated Ford oval that once stood outside the former Ford Windsor Casting Plant is set to see new life at the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village.

Measuring 15' long x 5'-9" tall x 12-1/2" thick – the sign was recently donated to the museum by Ford of Canada after an inquiry was made by museum officials, including board member (and Ford Windsor Site team member, Chris Carter).

After a brief search, the sign was located inside a building on the grounds of Windsor Engine Plant. It was delivered last week to the Arner Townline establishment, which plans on cleaning it up, repairing it (if necessary) and restoring it to its full, former glory.

Original plans to have it as part of a Model T display were scrapped given the large size and exact era of the sign. Instead, it will sit prominently outside the museum alongside a similar CAW logo of yesteryear.

 “Ford of Canada and the Windsor Site is proud to donate this sign to the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village. The museum is an Essex County treasure of Ford Motor Company’s 117-year history in Canada, as well as all transportation. We’re happy to have this historic Blue Oval sign see new life,” said Ford Windsor Operations Site Manager, Tom Reeber.

“We’re very pleased to have this sign and we think it will look great up in our courtyard. Thank you to everyone at Ford who made this possible,” said Blake Cutcliffe, chairman of the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village and former Ford Oakville employee. “Once we have it mounted, we’re planning on having an unveiling ceremony with Ford officials to show our gratitude.”

The not-for-profit Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) is located within a 100 acre-lot in Kingsville, ON. Its museum is billed as one of the largest transportation museums in Ontario including examples of both Ford Model T, Model A and Model AA truck on display.

The site itself also features more than 20 heritage buildings dating from the 1700s-1920s including a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, barber shop, church, train station, doctor’s office, several log cabins and well-known historic homes. Other attractions including the only EMS museum in Canada and a 50s themed diner.

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