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by Joseph P. Cabadas

eBook River Rouge: Ford's Industrial Colossus download ISBN: 0760317089
Author: Joseph P. Cabadas
Publisher: Motorbooks; First Edition edition (October 15, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 192
ePub: 1461 kb
Fb2: 1591 kb
Rating: 4.8
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Fantastic book about Ford's Rouge complex written by the son of a man who worked there. The book chronicles the history of the River Rouge plant beginning over 80 years ago to the present.

Fantastic book about Ford's Rouge complex written by the son of a man who worked there. Much of the company history I was aware of, but a lot of the Rouge specific info. was new to me. Very well written. A highlight is the large number of historical photographs, showing buildings, machinery, and workers over the years. As written the book functions more as a general history of Ford with the Rouge as the backdrop, especially the first half of the book.

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Eventually, that small pilot plant grew into the gigantic 1,100-acre River Rouge Complex, the most famous auto factory of the twentieth century, renowned as the home of Ford's "vertical integration.

The ghostwriter for two corporate history books, he has had articles published in the Detroit Athletic Club News, Corp! Magazine, GreatCarsTV. com, Auto Interiors magazine, and elsewhere.

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In 1914, Henry Ford ordered the construction of a small plant at the confluence of the River Rouge and Detroit River in what was then the rural community of Dearborn, just outside of Detroit. Eventually, that small pilot plant grew into the gigantic 1,100-acre River Rouge Complex, the most famous auto factory of the twentieth century, renowned as the home of Ford's "vertical integration." In 1999, Ford's great-grandson and Ford Chairman Bill Ford III announced that the company would reinvent the complex as the auto factory of the new century, scheduled for completion in 2004. Like "the Rouge" itself, this illustrated 90-year chronological history of the complex will provide a sprawling view of the evolution of automaking and industrial technologies, as well as the exciting new concepts the company is incorporating into the current redesign. Central to vertical integration was self-sufficiency: raw materials went in one end and finished cars came out the other. In fact, iron ore and coal became completed engine blocks in less than 24 hours! Filled with evocative inside-the-factory shots, this illustrated 90-year history provides sprawling views of manufacturing processes, factory evolution, and the exciting new concepts Ford has incorporated into the redesign. Author Joe Cabadas also explores "vertical integration" as conceived at the Rouge-raw materials essentially entered one door and new automobiles exited the other. In fact, iron ore and coal were transformed into engine blocks in less than 24 hours. In addition to manufacturing processes that also included glassmaking and woodworking, the engaging chronological history explores the Rouge's roles as a crucible of industry unionization (at its peak in 1929, the 1,100-acre factory employed 128,000 workers) and wartime production, and its profound influence on Japanese automakers. Thanks to the Rouge's immensity and diverse operations, archival and current images provide a visual cornucopia for just about any reader.- The River Rouge automotive factory is part of Henry Ford's grand legacy that remains today. It is one of the world's largest automotive manufacturing facilities.- Timed to coincide with the completed Rouge renovation and the complex's ninetieth anniversaryAbout the AuthorJoe Cabadas is an automotive journalist whose work regularly appears in several industry trade publications. He is the co-author of MBI Publishing Company's bestselling The American Auto Factory (ISBN 0-7603-1059-9) and lives in Dearborn, Michigan.
Comments: (7)
Nagor
My father is an employee at this facility so I purchased the book in order to get a sense of the history and environment he works in. After reviewing the book with him (a fascinating experience), it appears very little has changed around many parts of the facility. It also made me realize just how much isn't explained in the book so having an `expert' review the historical pictures is advantageous.

While many won't be able to identify with my personal connection to the factory; anybody interested in automotive or industrial history will find this book a fascinating look into a remarkable industrial colossus that has remained in operation for almost 90 years.

My only gripe with the book is that it does not provide a detailed overview of the facility. I would like to see a map or something that illustrates the functions of each building in the complex.
roternow
A great story in pictures of the men and women, the coal and steel that made
Henry Ford the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world....back in the day
before assembly robots, plastic and fiberglass auto bodies and....well before OSHA.
Butius
What a super book. Really is unique in its history.
Adorardana
Although this book was used, it looks almost new. The description by the seller was accurate.
Shalizel
I ordered this book as a gift for my husband after a trip to Michigan and Ford Museum. He really enjoyed it. Nice pictures.
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Excellent and beautiful book on maybe the most influential plant in Ford history.

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Fantastic book about Ford's Rouge complex written by the son of a man who worked there. Great photos and wonderful prose explaining the history and significance of this national industrial landmark. Much of the company history I was aware of, but a lot of the Rouge specific info. was new to me. Very well written. Easy to follow and a whole lot of fun for fans of the Blue Oval or even fans of US automobile industry history. A whole lot of great history and info presented in a very reader friendly manner.
The book chronicles the history of the River Rouge plant beginning over 80 years ago to the present. A highlight is the large number of historical photographs, showing buildings, machinery, and workers over the years. As written the book functions more as a general history of Ford with the Rouge as the backdrop, especially the first half of the book. The second half of the book, dealing with the 1960's forward, has more of a focus on the Rouge itself.

The author does particularly well with certain topics, including union organization activities of the 1930's-1940's and the opening of the new Dearborn Truck Plant. Also the author employs many one to two-page sidebars on specific subtopics, such as "Sailing Aboard the Ford Fleet", "Bomber Plant Captivates America", "Last Ford Train to Nowhere", and "Death of the Rotunda". Several of these subtopics cover obscure subject matter and I found them particularly interesting.

Other books do a better job with the history of Ford (for example Brinkley's "Wheels for the World"), and I was perhaps expecting more focus on the plant per se (how the machines function, workers' experiences). Still the book is a worthy addition to the collection of any Ford or industrial history fan.