June 1, 2007
Lincoln Town Car production moves to Ontario plant
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company’s Wixom Assembly Plant in Michigan ceased operations at 12:55 p.m. yesterday after 50 years of production. The Lincoln Town Car, which was built at the plant, will be transferred to the St. Thomas Assembly Plant in the fourth quarter of 2007. The plant is one of 16 Ford facilities to be idled under the company’s “Way Forward” plan to return North American automotive operations to profitability.
The last Wixom vehicle was a 2007 White Chocolate Town Car, which will be delivered to a dealership in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Wixom opened in 1957 as the Lincoln Assembly Plant and produced 6.6 million vehicles during its lifespan. It was the first Ford plant to build a unitized body, with the advent of the 1958 Lincoln and Continental, and the first to use rust-resistant primer coating, called “electrocoating”, in 1964. In 1987, its new technology and flexibility allowed it to build three different vehicle platforms on the same line (unibody/rear-wheel drive, unibody/front-wheel drive and body-on-frame), and in 2004 it began limited production of the Ford GT.