Piquette Plant


Piquette Plant

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location= Detroit, Michigan
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lat_direction = N
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long_seconds = 55.94
long_direction = W
locmapin = Michigan
area =
built =1904
architect= Field, Hinchman & Smith
architecture= Late Victorian
designated = February 17 2006cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1692646296&ResourceType=District
title=Ford Piquette Avenue Plant |accessdate=2008-06-27|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
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added = February 22, 2002
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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located at 411 Piquette Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, within the Piquette Avenue Industrial Historic District. It was the second home of Ford Motor Company automobile production.

History

In 1904, after just 1 year of operation, the board of the Ford Motor Company approved construction of a New England mill-style building, on a lot at the corner of Piquette and Beaubien Streets in Detroit. The structure served the new firm for only a few years, yet it played a most important role in realizing Henry Ford's dream of an affordable car for the masses.

In 1906, Peter E. Martin was made assistant to Thomas Walburn in active charge of all manufacturing departments.During 1907, in a room at the northwest corner of the third floor of the " [http://www.tplex.org Piquette Plant] ", Henry Ford and a small team of dedicated engineers developed the Model T, the car that would change the world. Records at Dearborn show that much of the design and experimental work was done by Joseph Galamb, C. Harold Wills, Harry Love, C.J. Smith, Gus Degener and Peter E. Martin. [Wik, Reynold M.: "Henry Ford and Grass Roots America,1972] Plans for what became the "Car of the Century" were announced in the spring of 1908.

The first production Model T was built at Piquette on September 27, 1908. Peter E. Martin was plant superintendent and production manager, Charles E. Sorensen was Martin's assistant and handled production development. Only 11 cars were built there the following month. However, demand quickly grew, and it soon became apparent that the facility could no longer keep up with increasing output. In 1910, the Ford Motor Company team consisting primarily of Peter E. Martin, the factory superintendent; Charles E. Sorensen, Martin's assistant; C. Harold Wills, draftsman and toolmaker; Clarence W. Avery and Charles Lewis a first line supervisor began experimenting with the moving assembly line. [Perry, Stephen C.:Essay The Team As Hero, Gardner Webb University, May 2000]

During 1910, after assembling nearly 12,000 Model Ts, Henry Ford moved production to his new Highland Park complex. There, with improved assembly line techniques, over 15 million more "Tin Lizzies" would eventually be produced.

The Piquette Plant was sold to Studebaker, who had recently acquired the E-M-F Company, located one block west on Piquette. As of 2000, the building is a museum. The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc, a non-profit corporation, is the governing body. The current officers are: Jerald A. Mitchell, Steven Rossi, Randy Mason, and Paul James Sloan. It was spared disaster in June of 2005 when the Studebaker / E-M-F plant burned to the ground.

References

Links

* [http://www.tplex.org Model T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc.]
* [http://detroityes.com/industry/07fordpiq2.htm Photo]
* [http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0506/21/B01-222684.htm Fire destroys historic building]


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