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Updated: 06/10/2013 6:14 PM
Created: 06/10/2013 11:24 AM | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

TIMELINE: Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant

1912 - Ford begins assembly and sales activities in a converted warehouse in Minneapolis, producing Model Ts.

Ford Motor Co.

Demolition of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, known as the Ford Plant, began Monday in St. Paul along the Mississippi River. Production ended at the plant in 2011.

This timeline shows major events at the plant, according to Ford Motor Co.:

  • 1912: Ford Motor Company begins assembly and sales activities in a converted warehouse at 616 S. Third St. in Minneapolis.
  • 1914: A new branch assembly building is constructed at Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue in Minneapolis.
  • 1923: Construction begins for new assembly plant in St. Paul.
  • 1924: Hydroelectric plant is the first part of the St. Paul plant to open. It harnesses the Mississippi River to produce 18,000 horsepower.
  • 1925: Twin Cities Assembly Plant is completed at 966 South Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul.
  • 1925: First car, a Model T, assembled at Twin Cities Assembly Plant.
  • 1925: A steam power station is constructed as an auxiliary source of power.
  • 1926: Production of glass begins at Twin Cities Assembly Plant. Silica sand used in glass production is mined from directly underneath the plant.
  • 1933-1934:  No production at Twin Cities Assembly Plant due to the Depression.
  • 1937: 1-millionth vehicle produced.
  • 1937: Glass production restarted.
  • 1942: Civilian production ceases.
  • 1942: First T-17 medium armored car produced. Other war production includes M8 armored cars, trucks, tractor bearings, and parts for Pratt & Whitney engines.
  • 1945: Ford Twin Cities’ 5,000th M8 armored car produced.
  • 1945: Civilian production resumes.
  • 1950: Addition of truck production alongside car.
  • 1956: 2-millionth vehicle produced.
  • 1959: Glass production ends.
  • 1962: Completion of expansion program adds an 82,400-square-foot warehouse and modernized operations.
  • 1966: The 3-millionth Ford built in Minnesota, a Galaxie LTD, is driven off the line.
  • 1969: Dedication of 85,000-square-foot expansion, including a new final assembly line and new facade.
  • 1972: 60th anniversary celebration of Ford manufacturing in the Twin Cities. Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson shows off a 1912 Model T during the celebration of Ford's presence in the Twin Cities, beginning in Minneapolis.
  • 1976: The 4-millionth Minnesota-built Ford is an LTD Landau.
  • 1977: Record production of 144,402 cars and trucks.
  • 1978: Car production dropped, making Twin Cities Assembly Plant exclusively a truck facility.
  • 1984: Construction begins on new 275,000-square-foot paint facility.
  • 1984: 5-millionth Minnesota-built Ford produced
  • 1985: Production of Ranger Supercab begins
  • 1985: 60th anniversary celebration of Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. Twin Cities' oldest retiree, 94-year-old Emil Saline, is shown along with St. Paul Mayor George Latimer and Plant Manager Robert Powless.
  • 1989: Construction of $12 million automated warehouse begins.
  • 1990: On its 65th anniversary, Twin Cities Assembly Plant produces the 6-millionth Ford built in Minnesota.
  • 1990: Twin Cities Assembly Plant is the first Ford assembly plant in North America to receive a Q1 award for outstanding quality manufacturing.
  • 1999: Grand opening of new training center at Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The $7 million facility is a joint project of Ford Motor Company, the UAW and Minnesota state colleges and universities.
  • 2002: Twin Cities Assembly Plant recognized as Ford Motor Company Best in Quality.
  • 2003: St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly declares Ford Motor Company Day in honor of the company centennial.
  • 2011: Twin Cities Assembly Plant ends production on Dec. 16.

Source: Ford Motor Co.

Video above is from a 2011 KSTP-TV news story of production ending at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant.

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