Later today Ford will celebrate the 100th anniversary of production at The Rouge Complex.
Only one automotive plant in American history has consistently produced for 100 consecutive years through two world wars, 18 U.S. recessions and spanning six generations all while producing some of the world’s most famous vehicles: the Ford Rouge complex.
As a part of the celebration, Ford put together a drone light show late last night for its employees.
Henry Ford’s vision of an ideal automotive “ore to assembly” complex, The Rouge is where every aspect of production could be processed, manufactured and assembled in one place. From tractors to cars, military jeeps, tank engines and even amphibious vehicles, as well as celebrated cars like the Ford Mustang and F-150, the Rouge’s production history stands as one of the industrial wonders of the world.
The Rouge put America on wheels, but ironically, the plant began producing during World War I — not a vehicle — but Eagle Boats for the U.S. Navy. The manufacturing plant – now the home of Ford F-150, America’s best-selling pick-up truck -- has endured the test of time and set the standard for sustainable manufacturing