Ford Rouge Factory Tour

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, was held for the first time on March 12, 2016. The bus left Ann Arbor at 9 a.m. and returned around 1 pm. On the way, COHSE’s own Dr. Stuart Batterman provided commentary about Detroit. Once at the Rouge Factory, two docents led the way. The free tour, which is normally self-guided, included a walk through a working truck plant, a view one of the world’s largest “living roofs,” a gallery of iconic Ford vehicles produced at the Rouge, and two theatre experiences – one had archival footage of the factory’s history and the other was a multi-sensory film experience about the production of the award-winning Ford F-150. University of Michigan students, faculty and other interested community members were welcome to attend.

The Ford Rouge Complex is located at the intersection of the Detroit and Rouge Rivers. In the 1930s, this factory employed over 100,000 workers. The Rouge was the world’s largest industrial complex, comprised of 93 buildings that cover over 15 million square feet. The complex was a mile and a half wide and over a mile long.

Highlights From the March 2016 Tour

View of the Rouge Factory

View of the Rouge Factory.

Ford Vehicles Gallery

A gallery of iconic Ford vehicles produced at the Rouge.

Tour Guide

A Tour Guide tells the history of the factory.


The group.