Northville in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Northville Valve Plant
Henry Ford's Experiment
In Northville, Henry Ford tried something new.
His first "village industry" was established here in 1920, to make valves for Model-Ts and tractors, using the Rouge River for power. He hired local workers, and even selected local children for special schooling. He bought the old Dubuar Manufacturing building and operated there for 16 years before replacing it with the existing building. Henry Ford built many other "village industries" along rivers throughout the region, but this was the last to survive, operating until 1989.
"Some people think he was only interested in making money. But I think he wanted to take care of the whole world."
Northville resident Marian Zayti,
chosen in childhood by Henry Ford for special schooling
You Auto Know
The Northville Valve Plant produced 200,000 valves a day for tractors and automobiles.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 25.892′ N, 83° 28.64′ W. Marker is in Northville, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Cady Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 235 East Main Street, Northville MI 48167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taking Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Tracks in Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roadside Refreshment (about 500 feet away); Mill Race Historical Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Northville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit Edison Company Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Novi Township Hall (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Piece of Novi's History / The Fuerst Farmstead (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northville.
Also see . . . Ford Valve Plant. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.