There’s nothing quite like the bond between a father and his son, especially when they work together.
Kyle Slatten, a welder at the Dearborn Truck Plant, was inspired by his dad to become a welder.
“My dad proved to me he could do anything from carpentry to plumbing, from electrical to mechanical. The one thing he wasn’t good at was welding,” Kyle said. “I saw it as an opportunity to learn the trade myself, hoping one day I could teach him something, like he has never failed to do for me before.”
Jason Slatten, Kyle’s father and a power service leader at Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, started at Ford in 1999 at Rawsonville while going through an apprenticeship as a toolmaker.
Jason was reskilled as a power service operator in 2012 when starting a new position at the Woodhaven Stamping Plant. Jason was then moved to DDMP shortly after in 2014 and has been there since.
“Having my son work alongside me is a great joy,” said Jason. “To know he will have an opportunity to work and raise his family like I did and hopefully carry on the family tradition makes all the difference.”
The ability to work alongside each other has given both Jason and Kyle a unique sense of pride and a seemingly endless amount of passion for the work they do every day.
“When my dad hears about me and my work, I want make sure he is proud of what I'm doing and the reputation I am trying to build,” said Kyle.