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Ford Motor Company Dearborn Engine Plant – Dearborn, Michigan, USA

The Ford Motor Company Dearborn engine plant, also known as the Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank plant, and formally identified as the The Rouge, is an engine manufacturing facility located alongside the Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Built in 1928, The Rouge was once the largest integrated factory in the world, and served as inspiration for the Russian GAZ factory and the Hyundai manufacturing complex in Ulsan, South Korea.The engine plant was added to the complex in 1941.

The plant operates alongside the Deaborn Truck plant which overseas the assembly of fullsize trucks like the Ford F-150. The Ford Motor Company Dearborn engine plant, on the other hand, focuses its operations on engine and steel fuel tank manufacturing. It currently overseas the assembly of the Ford 2.0L Duratec 20 engine.

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Quick Facts

Year opened1941
Facility size2,327,000 square feet (216,185 m2)
Land occupied49 acres
Location3001 Miller Rd, Dearborn, MI 48120, United States
Hourly employees240
Salaried employees50
Total employees290


EnginesProduction Years
Ford 2.0L Duratec 202001 to present

Historical Timeline

  • 1928: Construction of the Ford River Rouge Complex is completed. It is the largest integrated factory in the world.
  • 1937: A group of workers attempting to organize a union are severely beaten, an event later called the Battle of the Overpass.
  • 1941: The Ford Engine and Fuel Tank plant is added to the complex.
  • 1978: The Ford River Rouge Complex is designated as a National Historic Landmark District for its architecture and historical importance to the industry and economy of the United States.
  • 1987: Ford plans to replace the Mustang car with the front wheel drive Ford Probe,which would stop Mustang assembly at Rouge. Public outcry quickly turned to surging sales. With the fourth-generation Mustang a success, the facility is saved and Ford decides to invest in the plant.
  • 1999: A gas explosion kills six employees and injures two dozen more, resulting in the idling of the nearby power plant. Michigan Utility CMS Energy builds a state-of-the-art power plant across Miller Road to replace the electricity and steam production, as well as the blast furnace waste gas consumption of the original power plant.
  • 2004: A red convertible Ford Mustang GT marks the final Mustang manufactured at this location. The Rouge becomes officially known as the Dearborn Truck Plant and focuses its activities on the production of the Ford F-150 fullsize truck.


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