28 December 2016

The Ford Century in MN

For the week of January 1, 2016

From a St. Cloud bicycle shop that signed a contract to sell a “Fordmobile” in 1903, to the millions of Ford vehicles manufactured in Minnesota, and, to the closing of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in 2011—author Brian McMahon discusses his new book “The Ford Century in Minnesota.”

Guest: Brian McMahon, author

  • Part 1 – 13:45

    Part 1
    Henry Ford had a special interest developing Ford’s Highland Park plant. Situated on the High Dam on the Mississippi River, Ford was able to use the resources of the site like silica for glass and hydroelectric power for navigation.

  • Part 2 – 12:50

    Part 2
    Globalization and automation contributed to the downfall of car manufacturing and though a rebound was seen in Detroit, the Twin Cities Assembly Plant closed in 2011.