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Dearborn Truck Plant Celebrates a Decade of Sustainability

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The living roof at the Dearborn Truck Plant is the largest in the United States

 A decade ago today, Ford broke ground on its Dearborn Truck Plant, which has gone on to become the company’s sterling example of sustainable and flexible manufacturing. After being honored for 10 years of work well-done, Dearborn Truck Plant and its employees will set right to work on creating the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150 later this year.

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“Dearborn Truck Plant has set world-class standards for efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes,” said Bruce Hettle, vice president, Ford North America manufacturing, in the automaker’s press release. “There is no better way to celebrate 10 years of top-notch manufacturing than gearing up to build the all-new F-150. The hardworking men and women of Dearborn Truck are excited to bring this Built Ford Tough truck to our customers.”

Currently, the Dearborn Truck Plant is capable of building up to nine different models over three unique platforms, but it is nearly as well known for its sustainability efforts as it is for its actual output. Not only is the plant home of the largest living roof in the United States (a 10.4 acre ecosystem that is part of a storm water management system that also helps Ford cut costs on water treatment), but it makes the most of natural light and ventilation to reduce energy consumption while recycling an average of 2 million pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic, and wood every year.

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Production of the 2015 Ford F-150 will begin later this year at both the Dearborn Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. The new F-150 is scheduled to arrive at dealerships by the end of 2014 with a variety of powertrain options and a host of advanced technology and safety features.