Plymouth in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Women in a Village Industry
Henry Ford wanted only women to work here
in this small factory, built in 1922 as one of his Village Industries. The women workers built electrical parts such as voltage meters, light switches and generator cutouts (a form of relay) for Ford automobiles and, during World War II in the 1940s, produced electrical wiring for M-7 machine gun directors and electrical parts for Universal Gun Carriers. With increased wartime work, their operation was transferred to the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and they became some of the first "Rosie the Riviters".
You Auto Know
Women working at Phoenix Plant had to be single or widowed, wear dresses to work, and could not smoke.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Women. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 23.518′ N, 83° 28.089′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14973 Northville Road, Plymouth MI 48170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gunsolly Carding Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Plymouth (approx. 1.4 miles away); Baker House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Conner Building (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Plymouth United Savings Bank (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Penniman Buildings (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rose of Aberlone (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Wilcox House (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
Also see . . .
1. Phoenix Ford Plant Sold to Developer. The Plymouth Voice reported (September 30, 2018) that the Phoenix plant was sold to a developer who plans to open restaurant and retail space. (Submitted on July 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. New life ahead for Kahn-designed former Ford mills in Wayne County. Crains Detroit Business reported (March 14, 2019) that three former Ford mills are expected to be redeveloped, with the Phoenix plant being turned into a restaurant and banquet center. (Submitted on July 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 8. submitted on July 22, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.