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The Ford Motor Company Dearborn truck plant, formerly known as the Ford River Rouge Complex or simply The Rouge, is a truck manufacturing facility located alongside the River Rouge 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.

While the plant currently focuses its operations on the assembly of fullsize trucks like the Ford F-150, it was once the central manufacturing hub for the Ford Mustang, the Mercury Capri and the Mercury Cougar. The Rouge has been qualified as a National Historic Landmark District for its notable architecture and impact on the economy of the United States.

This page shows information about the Ford Motor Company Dearborn truck plant.

Quick Facts

Year opened1948
Facility size2,600,000 square feet (241,547 m2)
Land occupied1,100 acres
Location3001 Miller Rd, Dearborn, MI 48120, United States
Hourly employees4,200
Salaried employees200
Total employees4,400


VehiclesProduction Years
Ford F-1501948 - present
Ford Mustang1964 - 2004
Mercury Capri1979 - 1986
Mercury Cougar1966 - 1973

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.
  • 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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