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River Rouge Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Michigan

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The first piece of material I gathered was a picture via the internet.

This picture is of the River Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

This picture shows the manufacturing of the fender for a Ford Motor Company

product. It also shows the facilities of the Rouge plant and how the plant

it self was state of the art.

This plant was the largest of its kind at the time of its construction.

The Ford Motor Company at the time was one of the leaders in labor

relations. This picture shows the size of the plant as well as the working

conditions in the facility.

When viewing the photograph you can see the array of pipes and collection

devices to aid in the circulation of air and the collection of dust and

other by products made in the plant.

The next component I found is another picture of the interior of the Rouge

plant. This picture is one of many conveyor

belts in the plant. This belt

is moving engine parts from the engine assembly to the final assembly.

Henry Ford was a pioneer in the use of the assembly line in the automobile

industry, and the Rouge plant was the ultimate in that use of the assembly

line. This photo shows the depth of the plant, being able to manufacture

all components of the cars without having to ship parts to or from other

locations in the country.

The next collection of photographs is of the exterior of the Rouge plant.

These photos were obtained from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

These pictures are of the Rouge during the switch of all production, from

the Highland Park plant, to the Rouge. It was also the time that the Model

A was beginning production.

This collection shows examples of four exterior views of the plant, allude

to the many different factories within the Rouge plant. The Rouge was a

steel mill, a foundry, a power producer and, an assembly line. This all

encompassing idea helped ford relegate all aspects of the production of

their product.

Along with the exterior, the interior showed the extent of the all

encompassing Rouge plant. The interior photographs, which were also care

of the Henry Ford Museum, show more factories within the factory. For

example, the four photos in this collection display metal forming, and

metallurgical operations. These pictures included forging, the blast

furnaces, removal of slag and, even salvaging scrap from metal ships.

The interior had two collections to view and the second reaffirmed what the

first portrayed. The second collection displays more metal working

production including the hydraulic shear, which was used for sheet metal,

the open hearth ladle and the hearth building. These photos gave an

impressive direction of the inner workings of the Rouge plant.

As said before the Rouge was the largest manufacturing complex in the

nation when it was built. An aerial photograph of the plant reaffirms that

fact. The photo was taken in 1930 and you can see by the photo the plant

is very impressive. The caption that accompanies the picture gives an




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