“My great-grandpa was in production. He started in ’64 and retired in ’80,” said Jaden Doublestein, a material handler just a few months into his tenure with the Sterling Axle Plant (SAP) team. His familial ties to the plant go back generations and generations. His great-great-grandfather began working in the toolroom at the plant in 1956, the very year the plant opened. Doublestein’s great-grandfather followed the same path and started working at SAP eight years later.
Doublestein joined the Ford family when a close family friend recommended him for an open position, carrying on a family tradition as a fifth-generation Ford employee. As for why he thinks his family keeps coming back to work for Ford, Doublestein points to the company providing stability for his family throughout the generations.