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Volume 5 · Issue 12 · December 2000


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600-Acre Ford Rouge Center to Become Greener

The 600-acre Ford Rouge Center will undergo a major redevelopment that will lay the groundwork for sustainable manufacturing at one of the world’s largest and oldest industrial operations. Having already registered the EMSs of all its manufacturing facilities worldwide to ISO 14001:1996 by 1998, including its manufacturing operations at the Rouge Center, Ford is laying out business objectives that tie in with its corporate environmental objectives. Redevelopment of the 1917 complex will form the foundation for the company’s vision of balancing lean manufacturing with environmental sensitivity. This plant eventually will replace the Dearborn Assembly Plant and utilize flexible equipment and processes that will have the capability to manufacture three vehicle platforms and up to nine different models. Details of the environmental initiatives and background information on the Center and the redevelopment effort are provided.