NOVI, MI -- Fox Run retirement community is home to dozens of people who spent their careers at Ford. Howard Freers is one of those people.
After graduating from a small engineering school in Indiana in 1948, Howard went on to build a career in the auto industry. He worked for Ford as a chief engineer for 22 years and retired in 1988.
When he moved to Fox Run, he was interested in connecting with the other Ford retirees who lived there. He decided to start a Ford group.
"I said, 'I need something to keep me occupied,' and last August, I found out there are 60-plus people living here who have some Ford background," Howard says.
In October 2013, Howard held the first meeting of the Ford group at Fox Run. He says about 20 to 30 people usually attend the monthly meetings, and the club is open to people who worked at Ford, as well as to others who are simply interested in the auto industry.