Michigan Assembly Plant resumes shipping Ford Broncos after 25 years

Wayne — Andrew Pawlak recalls the emotional day when the final Ford Bronco rolled off the line here at Michigan Assembly Plant a quarter of a century ago. Now, it’s back.

The highly anticipated return of the new Bronco faced delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, a global semiconductor shortage and other supply constraints. But on Monday, the first off-road SUVs began shipping to dealers 25 years almost to the day after the last Bronco rolled off the line.

“I remember a lot of crying,” said Pawlak, now a process engineer for Bronco assembly who on June 12, 1996, was working on the line when the entire plant took a photo with the final white Bronco. “It’s a lot of pride to have the vehicle line come back, especially to this facility. It’s a legacy to have it here in these four walls.”

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