Flat Rock plant just rolled out its one-millionth Ford Mustang

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 18, 2013

Ford’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan plant just rolled out its one-millionth Mustang. This is certainly good news for the famous muscle car as it celebrates its 50th year at the New York Auto Show next year. The Mustang has been in non-stop production since almost five decades ago but it hasn’t been produced from just one plant.

The River Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan, built the Mustang for exactly 40 years but in 2004, the Mustang was forced out to give way to the F-150’s production. This truck plant has now been named the Dearborn Truck assembly plant; however, it’s still located at Ford’s Rouge Center. When the Mustang was taken out of Rouge in 2004, it was moved to the nearby AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

This plant started off as a Mazda-Ford joint venture. It was founded in 1987 and it rolled out its two-millionth car, a Mazda 626, in the summer of 1999. Recently, Mazda sold its stake in the factory and its departure meant that only the Mustang was being produced at the 3 million square-foot plant. Ford made a pledge to create 1400 jobs and set up a second shift at Flat Rock later this year, when it aims to expand the production of the Fusion mid-size sedan at the plant.

Presently, this car is being built at Ford’s facility in Hermosillo, Mexico. The one-millionth Mustang built at the Flat Rock Assembly plant is a ruby-red 2014 Mustang convertible. To mark this event, Ford group VP for product development Raj Nair and Flat Rock Assembly logistics manager Ed Salna went inside the car to drive it off the assembly line.

Salna, who is a 27-year veteran at Flat Rock, started working there months before AutoAlliance International started to build cars. Flat Rock has produced one million of the estimated 8.5 million Mustangs produced in the last 49 years.

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