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Manufacturing Supply Chains—From Vertical to Virtual Integration

October 11, 2017

Over 100 years ago, construction began on the Ford River Rouge Complex on 2000 acres in Dearborn, Michigan. The site grew swiftly to include almost every element needed to produce a car: enormous ore docks, blast furnaces, a steel rolling mill, glass furnaces and plate glass rollers, a tire-making plant, a stamping plant and engine-casting facility, a transmission plant, a huge power plant, and, of course, assembly lines. Just under one hundred miles of railroad track and even more in conveyor belts tied these facilities together.

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