Detroit Free Press: Marick Masters on Ford employment legacy


Over the past 118 years, 21 Ford family members have worked at Ford Motor Co., including founder Henry Ford himself. Meanwhile, the lesser-known Chris Mazur has had 10 family members work at Ford in every kind of job — from baker to administrative assistant to engineer. The historical role of Ford in Detroit cannot be overstated, said Marick Masters, a business professor at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. "One way of getting into Ford was by having a relative in Ford and being able to vouch for that person," he said. "Then you build up bigger loyalty within the family and the broader community. It gives Ford a legacy of helping families. It speaks to the historical role that the company has played in the economic development of Detroit, the strong middle class and a healthy family structure."

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