Construction of Ford Motor Company Hydro Electric Station in Saline, Michigan, 1935

Summary

In the early 1920s, Henry Ford began locating small hydroelectrically-powered plants in rural southeast Michigan. These "Village Industries" employed local people who could maintain farms while working at the factory. This plant in Saline operated from 1938 until 1947. During World War II, workers here processed soybean oil for paints and plastics and machined parts for Pratt & Whitney engines.

In the early 1920s, Henry Ford began locating small hydroelectrically-powered plants in rural southeast Michigan. These "Village Industries" employed local people who could maintain farms while working at the factory. This plant in Saline operated from 1938 until 1947. During World War II, workers here processed soybean oil for paints and plastics and machined parts for Pratt & Whitney engines.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

23 December 1935

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.15867

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 11 in

Inscriptions

Inset caption box in lower right corner front reads: FORD MOTOR COMPANY / Hydro Electric Station / SALINE, MICHIGAN. / Date 12-23-35 / Photo No. 15867

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