|Mayor Paul Fraim will drive one of the specially
produced 75th Anniversary edition F-Series trucks, reenacting the day in 1925 when the
first vehicle ever produced by Norfolk Assembly Plant was driven off the line. That
vehicle-a Model T-was driven out of the plant by the then-Mayor of Norfolk, S. Heth Tyler.
Mayor Fraim said, "Norfolk Assembly Plant is a valued member of the Norfolk
community. The employees here do more than build trucks. Through their outreach efforts
such as Toys for Tots, Paint Your Heart Out, the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon, the March
of Dimes and Juvenile Diabetes Walkathons, and other charities too numerous to mention,
they are captains of corporate citizenship working with our elected leadership to build an
The financial impact of the plant is benevolent for both the City of Norfolk's and the
state of Virginia's bottom line-last year's wages topped $157,000,000 with over $4,000,000
paid in taxes.
"Norfolk Assembly Plant has a tradition of making quality products ever since 1925
when the Mayor of Norfolk drove the first Model T off the line," said Plant Manager
Mike Hom. "Today, we continue our storied history by building the best-selling
vehicle in America-the F-Series pickup and earning honors like the J.D. Power Award for
Quality which we received last summer."
Last year, the plant built the most vehicles in its history, producing more than
237,000 units. On average, the plant produces 230,000 units per year and employs 2,381
hourly and salaried workers. Norfolk Assembly Plant is one of Ford's oldest facilities.
Over the years, the plant has produced roughly 6,460,173 vehicles.
(April 14, 2000)