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M/s Henry Ford Co. Automobile Parts

The range of carbon content i.e. 1.5 to 1.8 per cent is sometimes called border line cast iron. It's composition and physical properties are entirely different and it was developed by M/s Ford Motor Co., for making the automobile parts.

There was a time in the 1920's when Henry Ford wanted his company to be able to make everything that goes into an auto. In that spirit, he built factories that produced batteries, tires, steel and other parts for the car.

Most of the parts divisions have been sold off for a variety of business reasons, but the steel mill that sits along the River Rouge, the nation's ninth-largest steelmaker with capacity of 3.5 million tons, is still owned by Ford.

Nowadays, however, it sells most of its steel production to customers other than Ford, and executives at the nation's second largest auto company would just as soon have the steel mill sell even more of its steel to outside customers.

Financial Independence Forecast

Ford has plans to make the steel division a wholly owned subsidiary on Jan. 1, and from then on the new Rouge Steel Company will have to make it on its own - a goal that may well be difficult considering that Rouge still sells to warehouses that supply auto companies and auto parts suppliers.

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