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Ford Chicago Manufacturing Campus

The Ford Motor Company entered into an innovative public/private partnership with the City of Chicago and CenterPoint Properties to develop the Ford Manufacturing Campus, its first North American facility based on the ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing model. In total, more than $250 million has been invested into the campus and related infrastructure improvements, bringing adaptive re-use to a former steel mill site that sat abandoned for 40 years.

Nine of Ford’s tier-one suppliers are located at the 1.6 million-squarefoot campus, which sits just one-half mile from Ford’s existing Torrence Avenue Assembly Plant in southeast Chicago. By centralizing its parts suppliers near a final assembly line, the automaker’s bottom line benefits from increased warehousing and distribution efficiencies. In fact, turnaround time for new vehicles has been decreased to days instead of weeks.

The campus, fully operational since 2004, created up to 1,600 new, high-quality manufacturing jobs. In addition, the new campus retained 2,200 existing jobs from Ford’s prior facility - Torrence Avenue Assembly Plant - and created approximately 300 additional jobs. A 2004 Phoenix Award winner, the project has been deemed a success at both the regional and national level.

Project Highlights

  • Total Investment:  $250 million
  • Site Size:  155 acres
  • Total Building Space:  1.6 million square feet
  • Customer Use:  light manufacturing, distribution
  • Customers:  Plastech Engineered Products, TDS Automotive U.S., Ford Motor Company, Visteon Corporation, Summit Polymers, S-Y Systems Technologies, America LLC, Lear Operations Corporation, Brose Chicago, ZF Lemforder Corporation, Tower Automotive Products Company
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