Inside Willow Run Ford Village Industry Plant Powerhouse, February 1940

Summary

In the 1920s and 30s, Henry Ford located small hydroelectrically-powered factories throughout rural southeast Michigan. Built in 1939, the Willow Run plant differed from other "Village Industries." Instead of local residents, boys from Ford's nearby Camp Willow Run--which provided income and life skills training for underprivileged teenagers--worked here, supplying door and ignition locks and keys for Ford's passenger cars.

In the 1920s and 30s, Henry Ford located small hydroelectrically-powered factories throughout rural southeast Michigan. Built in 1939, the Willow Run plant differed from other "Village Industries." Instead of local residents, boys from Ford's nearby Camp Willow Run--which provided income and life skills training for underprivileged teenagers--worked here, supplying door and ignition locks and keys for Ford's passenger cars.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

12 February 1940

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.27241

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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