When Henry Ford first proposed creating a giant industrial complex along the Rouge River in Dearborn to turn raw materials into motorcars, many critics questioned his sanity. Eighty-five years later, a few had the same reaction to great grandson and Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr.’s plan to revive the complex with a modern, ecological showpiece of a plant to build pickup trucks. But for a company that has frittered away much of its bankroll on quality-related recalls and questionable ...

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