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Ford Rouge Plant Dearborn

Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan

Ford Rouge Plant Dearborn

Located in Dearborn MI on River Rouge the Ford Rouge Plant is a source of asbestos exposure, Mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers.  Construction began in 1917, and by the time it was completed in 1928 it was the largest integrated factory in the world. The Rouge measures 1.5 miles wide by 1 mile long had 93 buildings with nearly 16 million square feet of factory floor space. The plant has its own docks on the Rouge River, plus nearly 100 miles of interior railroad track, its own power plant and steel making, allowing Ford to turn raw materials into vehicles within this single complex. At its peak over 100,000 workers were employed at Ford Rouge.

Albert Kahn designed some of the Rouge buildings including the Rouge glass plant which was regarded at the time as an exemplary and humane factory building, with its ample natural light coming through windows in the ceiling. More recently, several buildings have been converted to green structures with a number of environmentally friendly features. The complex also included the B-Building, Engine, Frame, Radiator, Stamping, Transmission and Tool & Die Plants. During the first World War the plant built navy vessels. The Dearborn Assembly Plant started producing Model A’s in the late 1920s. After the war, production turned to Fordson tractors. The Rouge’s Steel Division and foundries produced nearly all the parts of the early Ford vehicles. In addition to the Ford Model A, Rouge products included the original Mercury, the Ford Thunderbird, and four decades of Ford Mustangs. The old assembly plant was idled with the construction and launch of a new assembly facility on the Miller Roadside of the complex, currently producing Ford F-150 pickup trucks. As it ended production, Dearborn Assembly Plant (DAP) was one of six plants within the Ford Rouge Center. The plant was open from 1918 to May 10, 2004, with a red convertible 2004 Ford Mustang GT being the last vehicle built at the historic site. Demolition of the historic DAP facility was completed in 2008.

One dark note in Ford’s history occurred on May 26, 1937. A group of workers attempting to organize a union at the Rouge were severely beaten, an event later called the Battle of the Overpass.

The Ford Rouge Plant Dearborn was an integral part of the Rouge Complex. Ford built the largest blast furnaces in the world in 1920 and added two more blast furnaces. The Steel Division had Iron Foundries, Open Hearths, Coke Ovens, Cold, Hot Strip and Rolling Mills. The Steel Division was spun off as a separate subsidiary in 1980s and eventually sold to a separate company and continues to operate today.

The plant was a source of asbestos exposure from the 1930s until the late 1980’s. Exposures to the asbestos products at the plant can cause Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and other cancers 10 – 40 years later.  Even if you smoked you may be entitled to compensation if you are suffering an asbestos related disease.

There are numerous departments and occupations including:

Maintenance: Construction and Millwrights, Bricklayers, Electricians, Insulators, Machinists, Oilers, Painters, Pipefitters, Welders and other trades. They construct, maintain and repair the buildings and equipment throughout the plant.

Powerhouse: Boiler and Turbine Operators, Stationary Steam Engineers, and Maintenance Men. They operate and monitor the boilers, turbines, condensors, compressors, pumps and valves.

Heavy/Mobile Equipment Repair: Industrial Mechanics maintained and repaired Kress Carriers, payloaders, fork trucks, dump trucks, tow motors, hoists and other equipment

Material Handling: Hi-Lo Operators, Crane Operators, Equipment Operators, Laborers, Sludge Operators and Tractor Operators. They handle and move the raw materials, steel and equipment for the mill.

Transportation: Railroad Laborers, Switchman and Engineers operated the locomotives for transporting molten steel, Ingot molds, and other materials.

Furnace Operators and Helpers operated the various foundry and steel mill furnaces.

Foundry Workers – made cores, molds and iron castings for parts.

Assembly Workers – assembled motors, frames, car bodies etc,

Receiving and Shipping: They receive and ship materials for the various plants and departments.

Maintenance Foreman and Supervisors:  They schedule and supervise the maintenance and repair of the buildings and equipment.

First Line Supervisors/Managers Production and Operating Workers: They directly supervise and coordinate production and operations employees (Precision Workers, Inspectors, Machine Setters and Operators, Assemblers, Fabricators, and Plant and System Operators.

In addition to the Ford Rouge Plant significant exposures to asbestos occurred at the Ford Rouge Steel Plant and other Ford Plants in the Metro-Detroit area.

If you or a loved one have questions regarding asbestos exposure at Ford Rouge or anywhere in Dearborn Michigan, we have Michigan based and licensed lawyers with over 50 combined years of experience that would be able to assist you. John Kelsey and John Pomerville Asbestos & Mesothelioma Attorney’s with Goldberg Persky & White’s Michigan offices and have been representing Michigan asbestos victims in the lower and upper peninsulas for over 25 years. They are very knowledgeable in regards to asbestos exposure at Ford Rouge, Mesothelioma and the other asbestos diseases caused by asbestos exposure. We have represented many individuals with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestos in Wayne County Circuit Court for the past 20 years. If you have any questions concerning your exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma at Ford Rouge in Dearborn, MI call our Michigan-based mesothelioma lawyers, they may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Dearborn, MI.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you should immediately speak with an experienced Michigan based Lawyer to preserve your legal rights as this is a time sensitive matter and knowing the facts will help you make the best medical and legal decisions possible and help  you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering .

We have represented people injured by exposure to asbestos whose work histories include Ford Rouge in Dearborn, Michigan. Our extensive database of jobsites and asbestos product identification built over 30 years of specializing in asbestos lawsuits allows us to effectively and efficiently represent those injured by asbestos in the workplace.

Why does it matter that Ford Rouge is in our jobsites database?

In order to successfully pursue an asbestos claim, your lawyer needs to be familiar with the jobsites you worked at, including

  • the companies that employed you,
  • the products they purchased and used, and
  • the companies who produced those products,
  • depositions, testimony of other Dearborn Asbestos disease victims
  • documentation from the Plant and Defendants

After more than 30 years pioneering asbestos litigation, we have a vast knowledgebase covering things such as company diagrams, invoices from asbestos product manufacturers, revealing company memos demonstrating their knowledge of the risks, asbestos product packaging through the years, depositions from leading experts, and medical and scientific literature dating from the late 1800s to the current day.

Ford Rouge is one of tens of thousands of jobsites in our database.

Being familiar with many different industries, manufacturers, and products means we can efficiently and effectively identify all the asbestos containing products that contributed to your injury. It’s a breadth of knowledge gained from years of experience representing people injured by asbestos and their families.

Asbestos Exposure Injuries

Asbestos exposure can cause a variety of non-cancerous and cancerous injuries such as:

  • mesothelioma
  • lung cancer
  • colon and colo-rectal cancers
  • throat cancer
  • laryngeal cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • asbestosis

Did you work at Ford Rouge in Dearborn, Michigan? Have you been injured by asbestos? Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation consultation: 1-800-799-2234

Asbestos in Dearborn Michigan

Dearborn sits along the Rouge River. It has a population of just over 98,000. The city of Dearborn in Wayne County is the eighth largest city in Michigan. Historical tribes belonged mostly to the Algonquian-language family, as well as Huron Iroquoian speaking. Dearborn today is known for its diverse economy with leadership in manufacturing metals, plastics, and energy industries.  The Arab-American National Museum is the first in the world dedicated to Arab-American history and culture. The area of Dearborn was first settled by Europeans in 1786 after the American Revolutionary War.  The village of Dearbornville, established in 1836, was named after patriot Henry Dearborn. Dearborn was a General in the American Revolution and Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson.  First settled by French farmers along the Rouge River and Sauk Trail the community grew with the Detroit Arsenal on Chicago Road linking Detroit and Chicago. The Arsenal served as supply depot for the army storing, maintaining, repairing arms and ammunitions. Dearborn was well on its way to becoming a diversified industrial center, having attracted such firms as, W. R Grace, United Steel, numerous other industrial facilities like Ford Motor Company located in Dearborn its major manufacturing complex known as Ford Rouge and eventually its headquarters and much of its Research and Engineering Development.

Dearborn has a history of manufacturing in fields known for using asbestos-containing materials, placing workers at a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Malignant mesothelioma may result when workers and loved ones have been exposed to asbestos.If you have been exposed to asbestos in Dearborn you may benefit by seeking legal counsel from our Michigan based asbestos lawyers. Our lawyers Lane Clack, John Kelsey and John Pomerville are very familiar with the Dearborn jobsites and the asbestos products workers were exposed to at these sites. Goldberg, Persky & White’s Allen Park office is nearby and very convenient for clients.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you should immediately speak with an experienced Michigan based Lawyer to preserve your legal rights as this is a time sensitive matter and knowing the facts will help you make the best medical and legal decisions possible and help  you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering .