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Kevin R. Ford

Plant Manager - Dearborn Engine Plant and Woodhaven Forging Plant


Kevin has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering in Flint, Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
Kevin R. Ford

Professional Summary

As Plant Manager of Dearborn Engine and Woodhaven Forging Plants, Kevin Ford is responsible for the achievement of best-in-class objectives in safety, quality, delivery, cost, maintenance, environment and people development for both manufacturing plants.  Total operations consist of over 700 employees.  Products include: 2.0L engine assemblies, machined components and a family of forged engine crankshafts.

Interests and Expertise

Kevin was born in Detroit, Michigan in May 1958.  He is married to his college sweetheart, Janice, and has two children, Darrell and Kimberly.  He is an avid fisherman and car enthusiast.  He also enjoys playing golf and tennis.  Currently he secularly serves as the International Exchange Student Coordinator to the Education First High School Exchange Foundation.  He develops international exchange students by connecting them to caring host families and bringing cultures together and creating lasting global network connections.


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Additional Information

Prior to his current position, Mr. Ford held the position of Plant Manager at Ford Motor Company's Walton Hills Ohio Stamping Plant. Assuming the position in 2007, he was responsible for production operations of stamped panels and welded assemblies for the F-150, Mustang and Expedition vehicle lines.  He led over 1000 employees on 3 shifts running 7 days per week.

Previous to the Woodhaven position, Mr. Ford was Assistant Plant Manager of Ford Motor Company's Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  From 2005-2006 he led the production operations for the plant employing over 1,100 employees.  He also was responsible for the negotiations/implementation of a competitive operating agreement that shifted the emphasis for production to hourly teams instead of additional salaried supervision.

Ford joined Ford Motor Company in 1988 holding the position of a Manufacturing Engineer at the Powertrain Operations engine engineering facility in Dearborn, Michigan.  From 1988-2005, he held numerous positions in Manufacturing Engineering and plant operations.  During which time he developed significant manufacturing expertise,  He was appointed to Assistant Plant Manager in 2005 for Ford Motor Company's Chicago Stamping Plant in 2005.

Before joining the Ford Motor Company in 1988, Ford worked for General Motors in Pontiac Michigan where he was a plant manufacturing engineer and maintenance supervisor.  He started his career with General Motors in 1976 as a Kettering University (then General Motors Institute) co-op student.