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Farley Salutes Ford Chicago Assembly Plant For 100 Years

As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the Ford Chicago Assembly plant just turned 100 years old after production began there way back in 1924. Since then, the Ford Chicago Assembly plant has had a tremendous impact on the local economy, and the automaker continues to invest in it and create jobs there at the same time. In fact, production of both the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are slated to continue in Chicago through at least the spring of 2028, but in the meantime, production of the refreshed versions of those crossovers is scheduled to begin in May. Thus, it’s no surprise that CEO Jim Farley recently took the time to celebrate this special occasion with a post on X.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant!” Farley wrote. “CAP is the longest continuously running Ford plant in the U.S. So much Ford history has been made here…from Model Ts in 1924 to Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators in 2024! Thank you to the nearly 5K team.” Interestingly, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also chimed in to congratulate Farley, Ford, and his team, continuing the oftentimes amicable relationship between the two execs.

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The Chicago Assembly plant came to be when Ford was looking for a suitable location to build the Model T, which contained a substantial amount of wood, prompting the automaker to settle on a location on the Calumet River – enabling easy access to the company’s lumber supplies in Northern Michigan. Now, 100 years later, the Chicago plant is Ford’s oldest continually operating assembly facility, as Farley noted here, and in spite of facing some adversity over the years, it’s still going strong today.

We’ll have more on Ford’s assembly plants from around the world soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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