Ford Motor Company’s Longest Tenured Employee Retires

After 68 1/2 years of working for the Blue Oval, Willie Fulton is retiring from Ford at the age of 89.

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Dearborn, MI — January 18, 2021

September 27, 2018, was a big day for Ford Motor Company. The manufacturing titan celebrated the centennial of the Rouge complex and their non-stop production of cars, trucks, and even ships as well as tractors for 100 consecutive years in the Detroit area.

It was also a cause for celebration for Ford Employee Willie Fulton. A lot of people choose to retire at the age of 65. But, Willie was recognized by Ford’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford for having worked 65 years at the company.

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, congratulates Willie Fulton on 65 years at Ford, the longest tenured employee. / Photo Credit Sam VarnHagen

Amazing Longevity

In an era when many people change jobs every few years, Willie became the George Blanda of automotive manufacturing. Willie began his career with Ford working at the Dearborn Iron Foundry in 1953. Just 21 at the time, he held many positions with the Blue Oval until has last assignment at the Dearborn Stamping plant began in 1982.

All good things must come to an end. At the age of 89 Willie has decided it’s time to hang up his uniform. After 68 1/2 years he deserves some time to take up a hobby, travel, spend time with friends and family, or what ever venture he desires to take on next.

Well done, Mr. Fulton, take pride in your accomplishments.

Willie Fulton / Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company