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The narrative is the odd shape of the plant was because Henry Ford had such animus toward Wayne County that he did not want one inch of the plant in that county. This is fertilizer, on the face of it, because, at the same time Ford was building that plant, they built an aircraft engine plant at the Rouge complex, which is entirely in Wayne County, and the engine plant was almost as big as the bomber plant.
The two part logical explanation for the shape of the plant, is
1: the scope of work changed after construction was started on the plant. The change in scope of work required the plant be built longer, but there was no room between where the partly built plant was, and where the partly built airport was, to make the plant longer in a straight line.
2: If the plant did straddle the county line, and Ford exercised it’s option to buy the plant after the war, then Ford would have to apportion the plant, and it’s contents, between the two counties and make two tax filings. By keeping the plant entirely in one county, the accounting department’s work would be reduced. (this is what I said in the Q&A session)
The real howler was the guy that said Wayne County was going to tax every B-24 that rolled out of the plant, and Henry’s hate for Wayne County was so extreme, that he did not want the county to see a nickle. This is absolute BS. By the provisions of the contract, during war production, the plant, all it’s contents, and those B-24s were all the property of the Federal government, not Ford, and the Federal government did not pay local taxes.