4 Jul 2013

Ford Motor Company

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 4 July 2013

For 52 years, Ford Motor cars rolled off the assembly lines of a plant built in 1936 in Seaview in Lower Hutt. The Ford Cortinas, Escorts and Transit vans were assembled there until the plant closed in 1988. The Historic Places Trust-listed brick building is now a building supply store, but many customers and workers would have no idea about the history of the place. Wayne Gazley worked at the Ford Motor Company as a teenager, and still works in the building as the business development manager for Placemakers. To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford on July 31, he's pulling together photos and memories about the Seaview plant, and he'd like to hear from people who were part of the plant's history.