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“An inside look at Auto Manufacturing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Dearborn
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“An inside look at Auto Manufacturing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2007

What shocked me was how clean and quiet the whole assembly process was. The elevated walkways let us see the assembly process, but kept me from worrying about being in the way or in dangerous territory. The green roof was also a favorite of mine. Great piece of American history and economy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2006

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is offered from the Henry Ford, which includes Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. The tour itself is very interesting and I recommend it with the following warnings. The real star of the show is the factory part of the tour (which also includes 2 movies and a tour of the observation deck to see the environmental initiatives at the Rouge). The problem is the factory shuts down at various times but the tour of the factory continues- so you don't see any workers- just a factory with trucks suspended in mid-air. The factory is shut for the first 2 weeks in July, the day after Thanksgiving, the week between X-mas and New Years. Its also shut on weekends. No work is performed during 2 breaks a day (lasting about 20 minutes) or the 30 minute lunch at 11:30 am. Works stops at shift change for an hour (generally at 2:30 pm). To be able to see the factory and avoid breaks, lunch and shift change, try to get there as early as possible. Take the 9:30 or 10 am bus. If you can't do that, take any bus between 11 am and 1 pm. If you take a bus after 1 pm you are likely to run into shift change, which means you might have to wait an hour until the workers come back. Before you buy your tickets, verify that the factory is up and running.

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“An overview of modern manufacturing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2005

This tour starts with 2 films: one gives a history of the rouge plant (an amazing achievement of it's time) including the labor troubles (somewhat surprisingly). The second film is supposed to give you a feel for the manufacturing process, but it really is a silly collection of special effects.

Then you go up to the observation deck that shows the top of the new Truck Assembly plant (environmentally friendly with plants on the roof) and the rest of the Rouge complex. Much of the complex belongs to the steel company that is no longer part of Ford.

Then, after a short safety film (common sense stuff) you go onto an overlook of part of the assembly process. You don't see everything (I've been through other auto plants) but it still gives an idea of what the process is.

I liked the tour and would liked to have spent longer (full itinerary that day). It's good for people to get an understanding of what manufacturing really is and how it built the US.

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