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Henry Ford's Village Industry Experiment

Starting in 1919 Henry Ford ordered an exploration of sites that could be set up for small factories thought Southeast Michigan 

These small shops were to supply Ford Motor with needed components and tooling for vehicle production. As World War I drew to a close Ford saw the reliance on large centralized factories who relied on fossil fuel as a potential threat to national security and to the Ford enterprise.

A final list of over 200 sites was generated. From these Ford narrowed it down to 75 key locations throughout southeast Michigan primarily usually along rivers that where to be utilized for hydro powering the plants. From this list of 75, it's generally agreed that 19 village industries were acquired or created.

Many of the plant sites were former locations of grist and sawmills from Michigan’s earliest settlements. The goal of having a locally generated power from water turbines was a primary concern of being self-sufficient. Several other locations had small scale plants built…