Fourth-Generation Ford Employee with Family Ties to the Rouge Helping Lead Electric Revolution at BlueOval City

Jul 06, 2023

Ford’s BlueOval City campus in West Tennessee represents a new era in Ford’s history, as the famous Rouge complex once did. The logistics of the new campus will be guided by a fourth-generation Ford employee whose family lineage with the company can be traced all the way back to the iconic Ford facility in Dearborn. 

Chad Mosher — recently named the materials, planning and logistics manager at BlueOval City’s Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center — is a fourth-generation Ford employee dating back to his great-grandfather, who worked at the Rouge; Mosher is also the first in his family to transition his career path from hourly to salary. Ford will be leading the electric revolution at the electric vehicle and battery manufacturing campus, which will produce the company’s next-generation electric pickup, beginning in 2025.

Mosher has been with Ford for 15 years, and his family has more than 200 years of combined service with the company. Also, his wife was a contract nurse at the Chicago Assembly Plant, where he was most recently based. 

“We have so much pride in Ford Motor Company,” Mosher said. “It has given my family endless opportunities. I know I am where I am today because of Ford and the opportunities it’s given me. I would be proud if my kids followed in my family legacy and joined Ford.” 

Mosher — a native of Monroe, Michigan — began his career in his hometown with Visteon in 2006 after graduating from Michigan’s Northwood University, where he played on a football scholarship. He then moved to Woodhaven Stamping Plant, and he was later promoted from senior process coach to MP&L manager at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Afterward, Mosher transferred to CAP.

“Having the opportunity to build a new factory from the ground up and lead the electric revolution — this is going to be our factory of the future,” he said. “I love coming to work every day. I thoroughly enjoy my job, and not a lot of people can say that. I want to ensure this company will be around for the next 120 years.”

Mosher’s Ford lineage started with his great-grandfather, who worked at the Rouge in Dearborn, and continued with his grandfather and grandmother, who worked at Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti Township. Mosher’s parents both worked at Ford’s former Milan plant near Ann Arbor: His mother started at Ford right out of high school and later brought Chad’s father into the company as an electrician. Chad’s brother also worked for the company. 

Watching the discipline his parents and grandparents showed over the years taught Mosher the value of hard work. He always dreamed of having the opportunity to join the company. Soon, Mosher will be responsible for all of the freight and the outbound logistics, including finished vehicles; internal movement in plants, the schedule and supply base interaction at the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center Assembly Center. The promotion means this is his first time working on electric vehicles, after working at CAP, where the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are built.

Having existing Ford processes and the additional tech that comes with a brand-new facility provides Mosher and his team the chance to “take what’s good and make it even better,” he said, through new plans for the various areas his team touches.

“You’re starting from ground zero,” he said. “We can take what we do really, really well and improve upon the areas where there’s more opportunities.”

When it comes to the next of Mosher’s family to wear the Blue Oval on a Ford ID badge, he thinks it could be his 12-year-old son, Brady Ford Mosher, who is already showing a passion for Mustangs and performance vehicles.

“My dream is for him to do whatever he wants to do and make the most out of his life and be happy and do great things,” Mosher said. “If he did want to go down the Ford path, maybe he’d do something in the tech or AI space since he loves video games.”