Ford Motor Company To Build Battery Packs In Ypsilanti

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Many of you may not have heard of the city Ypsilanti, Michigan. It is a city with slightly over 20,000 in population and is tucked away less than 5 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the home of the University of Michigan. Ypsilanti has a school of their own called Eastern Michigan University (EMU), formerly known as Michigan State Normal School in the mid-1800’s.

Ypsilanti is named after Demetrius Ypsilanti, a Greek War of Independence hero. One of the most notable musicians to be from Ypsilanti is Iggy Pop. Domino’s Pizza was founded in Ypsilanti around 1960 near the campus of EMU. As you could imagine, the city tends to be modest and comfortable.

However this week a letter was sent to the hourly workers at Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti. They will be given a high-tech task. That plant will be responsible for building battery packs for their new generation electric vehicles.

This task is part of a $450 million investment Ford is making in electric battery packs for bringing new jobs to the area and protecting hundreds of current jobs.

The staffing for the project at the Rawsonville plant is still being negotiated between the UAW and Ford. ?This is a huge deal for our plant and the community,? stated local President Donnie Enersen. ?Ford Motor Co. is taking a giant step in green technology, and we applaud them. ?Not only is this great for our community, it?s great for the environment.? [eGMCarTech]