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Ford Motor Company Van Dyke Transmission Plant – Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA

The Ford Motor Company Van Dyke Transmission plant is a transmission manufacturing facility dedicated to Ford vehicles. It’s located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA.

Operating alongside the Ford Motor Company Sterling Axle plant, the Van Dyke transmission plant has been focusing its manufacturing operations on transmissions since 1968. Its current primary product is the “6F” family of 6-speed automatic transmissions, also know internally as the 6F35, 6F50 and 6F55. These transmissions are dedicated to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive applications and are closely related to the GM GT40 transmission.

The transmissions assembled at Van Dyke have been fitted to a wide range of Ford vehicles like the Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, Ford Fusion and Ford Taurus, just to name a few.

The Van Dyke transmission plant is also home to the HF35 hybrid transmission used in hybrid and plug-in hybrid Ford vehicles, as well as Ford 8F57 8-speed transverse transmission designed for higher torque applications. This transmission is typically associated with the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost Nano engine.

This page shows information about the Ford Motor Company Van Dyke Transmission plant.

Quick Facts

Year opened1968
Facility size1,980,473 square feet (183,991 m2)
Land occupied145 acres
Location41111 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48314, United States
Hourly employees1,030
Salaried employees180
Total employees1,210


TransmissionsProduction Years
Ford 6F35 6-speed Transmission2006 - present
Ford 6F50 6-speed Transmission2006 - present
Ford 6F55 6-speed Transmission2006 - present
Ford HF35 Hybrid Transmission2012 - present
Ford 8F57 8-speed Transmission2018 - present

Historical Timeline

  • 1968: The Van Dyke plant opens and begins transmission assembly for Ford vehicles.
  • 2006: Production of the new Ford “6F” family of six-speed transmissions begins.
  • 2012: Ford invents and patents an all-new hybrid transmission code-named HF35. Production begins at Van Dyke.
  • 2007: The Van Dyke transmission plant wins the assembly plant of the year award.
  • 2018: Production of the Ford 8F57 8-speed automatic transmission begins.


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