Ford Ypsilanti Plant - 1932

  • The original plant was built in 1932 with 63,000 sq. ft. and expanded in 1948, 1950, 1951, 1963, 1965, and 1983 to a total of 987,543 sq. ft. The plant initially produced parts for Ford motor cars.

  • During World War II the plant manufactured generators and starters for various airplanes, armored cars, and tanks. A special department was established during the War for manufacturing precision parts used in the Pratt-Whitney aircraft engine.

  • After the war, the plant was converted back to the peacetime production of generators and starters.

  • In 1982 the plant employed 1,800 people and manufactured starters, ignition coils, distributors, horns, struts, air conditioner clutches, and bumper shock devices.