Coke Ovens Exterior View at Ford Rouge Plant 1927
To fuel the Rouge Plant s blast furnaces Ford purchased several bituminous coal mines. Because bituminous coal was relatively impure coking ovens were constructed at the Rouge complex within reach of dockside coal bins. The ovens coked the coal releasing gases and removing impurities. Products of the process included coke for the furnaces gas and a number of other useful byproducts.