A man was found dead at the Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Wednesday night, local NBC member station WDIV reports. According to police, the man was working at the plant and told coworkers he wasn’t feeling well. He was later found dead in one of the plant’s bathrooms.
A source told WDIV that the man was 24 years of age and father to a two-year-old.
There is no further information available at the moment, as an autopsy and toxicology report still need to be completed before a cause of death can be determined. Ford Motor Company released the following statement regarding the man’s passing:
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and coworkers of a Ford employee who passed away after being found unresponsive in the bathroom at the Sterling Axle Plant early this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
The 3-million-square-foot Ford Sterling Axle Plant has been in operation since 1956, and today employs more than 2,300 people manufacturing rear axles for the Ford Mustang; front and rear axles for the Ford F-150, F-250, and Expedition (including Lincoln Navigator); and rear drive units for the Ford EcoSport, Escape, Flex (including Lincoln MKT) and Fusion (including Lincoln MKZ). Its location in the Metro Detroit area puts it in close proximity to a number of Ford Motor Company assembly plants, including Dearborn Truck, Flat Rock Assembly, and Michigan Assembly.