Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford celebrated his company’s 100th anniversary in Ireland by returning to his ancestral home.
Henry Ford -- Bill Ford’s great-grandfather and founder of the automaker -- founded Henry Ford & Son Limited at a marina in Cork, Ireland, in April 1917. It was the first purpose-built Ford factory outside of North America.
Henry’s father, William, emigrated from Ballinascarthy -- a village about 50 km (31 miles) south of Cork city -- to the U.S. in 1847.
As part of week-long festivities celebrating the centennial, Bill Ford met with his Irish cousin Hazel Ford-Buttimer.