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Donya Jones
Donya Jones
2023-06-08
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Joanne Gutowsky
2023-06-08
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Kris Sibert
Kris Sibert
2023-06-08
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Dave Finlay
Dave Finlay
2023-05-23
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Mehsen Garmo
2023-05-19
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James
2023-05-08
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Russell Pierson
Russell Pierson
2023-05-07
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Michael Stansell
Michael Stansell
2023-05-04
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Sarah Gilbert
2023-05-02
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Dearborn is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2020 census, it had a population of 109,976. Dearborn is the seventh-largest city in Michigan.

First settled in the late 18th century by ethnic French farmers in a series of ribbon farms along the Rouge River and the Sauk Trail, the community grew in the 19th century with the establishment of the Detroit Arsenal on the Chicago Road linking Detroit and Chicago. In the 20th century, it developed as a major manufacturing hub for the automotive industry.

Henry Ford was born on a farm and later established an estate in Dearborn, as well as his River Rouge Complex, the largest factory of his Ford empire. He developed mass production of automobiles, and based the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company here. The city has a campus of the University of Michigan as well as Henry Ford College. The Henry Ford, the United States' largest indoor-outdoor historic museum complex and Metro Detroit's leading tourist attraction, is located here.

Dearborn residents are Americans primarily of European or Middle Eastern ancestry, many descendants of 19th and 20th-century immigrants. The primary European ethnicities, as identified by respondents to the census, are German, Polish, Irish, and Italian. New waves of immigration from the Middle East came in the late 20th century, Muslims and Christians from Lebanon and Palestine, as well as immigrants from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Dearborn is home to the largest Muslim population in the United States per capita as well as the largest mosque in North America.

Before European encounter, the area had been inhabited for thousands of years by successive indigenous peoples. Historical tribes belonged mostly to the Algonquian-language family, especially the Council of Three Fires, the Potawatomi and related peoples. In contrast, the Huron (Wyandot) were Iroquoian speaking. French colonists had a trading post at Fort Detroit and a settlement developed there in the colonial period. Another developed on the south side of the Detroit River in what is now southwestern Ontario, near a Huron mission village. French and French-Canadian colonists also established farms at Dearborn in this period. France ceded all of its territory east of the Mississippi River in North America to Great Britain in 1763 after losing to the English in the Seven Years' War.

Beginning in 1786, after the United States gained independence in the American Revolutionary War, more European Americans entered this region, settling in Detroit and the Dearborn area. With population growth, Dearborn Township was formed in 1833 and the village of Dearbornville in 1836, each named after patriot Henry Dearborn, a general in the American Revolution who later served as Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson. The Town of Dearborn was incorporated in 1893. Through much of the 19th century, the area was largely rural and dependent on agriculture.

Stimulated by industrial development in Detroit and within its own limits, in 1927 Dearborn was established as a city. Its current borders result from a 1928 consolidation vote that merged Dearborn and neighboring Fordson (previously known as Springwells), which feared being absorbed into expanding Detroit.

According to historian James W. Loewen, in his book Sundown Towns (2005), Dearborn discouraged African Americans from settling in the city. In the early 20th century, both whites and African Americans migrated to Detroit for industrial jobs. Over time, some city residents relocated in the suburbs. Many of Dearborn's residents "took pride in the saying, 'The sun never set on a Negro in Dearborn'". According to Orville Hubbard, the segregationist mayor of Dearborn from 1942 to 1978, "as far as he was concerned, it was against the law for a Negro to live in his suburb." Hubbard told the Montgomery Advertiser in the mid-1950s, "Negroes can't get in here. Every time we hear of a Negro moving in, we respond quicker than you do to a fire."

The area between Dearborn and Fordson was undeveloped, and still remains so in part. Once farm land, much of this property was bought by Henry Ford for his estate, Fair Lane, and for the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters. Later developments in this corridor were the Ford airport (later converted to the Dearborn Proving Grounds), and other Ford administrative and development facilities.

More recent additions are The Henry Ford (a reconstructed historic village and museum), the Henry Ford Centennial Library, the super-regional shopping mall Fairlane Town Center, and the Ford Performing Arts Center. The open land is planted with sunflowers and often with Ford's favorite crop of soybeans. The crops are never harvested.

With the growth and achievements of the Arab-American community, they developed and in 2005 opened the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the first museum in the world devoted to Arab-American history and culture. Arab Americans in Dearborn include descendants of Lebanese Christians who immigrated in the early twentieth century to work in the auto industry, as well as more recent Arab immigrants and their descendants from other, primarily Muslim nations.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.5 square miles (63 km), of which 24.4 square miles (63 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km) (0.37%) is water. The city developed on both sides of the Rouge River. An artificial waterfall/low head dam was constructed by Henry Ford on his estate to power its powerhouse. The Upper, Middle, and Lower Branches of the river come together in Dearborn. The river is widened and channeled near the Rouge Plant to allow lake freighter access.

Fordson Island (42°17′38″N 83°08′52″W / 42.29389°N 83.14778°W / 42.29389; -83.14778) is an 8.4 acres (3.4 hectares) island about three miles (5 km) upriver on the River Rouge from its confluence with the Detroit River. Fordson Island is the only major island in a tributary to the Detroit River. The island was created in 1922 when engineers dug a secondary trench to reroute the River Rouge to increase navigability for shipping purposes; businesses needed it to be navigable by the large lake freighters. The island is privately owned, and public access is prohibited. The island is part of the city of Dearborn, which has no frontage along the Detroit River.

Dearborn is among a small number of municipalities that own property in other cities. It owns the 626-acre (2.53 km) Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan, which is located 35 miles (56 km) from Dearborn. Dearborn was among an even smaller number of cities that hold property in another state: for a time the city owned the "Dearborn Towers" apartment complex in Clearwater, Florida, but this has been sold. Camp Dearborn is considered part of the city of Dearborn. Revenues generated by camp admissions are incorporated into the city's budget.

As of the 2010 census, the population of Dearborn was 98,153. The racial and ethnic composition was 89.1% White, 4.0% black or African-American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.2% Non-Hispanic of some other race, 4.0% reporting two or more races and 3.4% Hispanic or Latino. 41.7% were of Arab ancestry (categorized as "White" in Census collection data).

In Census 2000, 61.9% spoke only English, while 29.3% spoke Arabic, 1.9% Spanish, and 1.5% Polish at home. There were 36,770 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the city, 27.8% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.3% was from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% was 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,560, and the median income for a family was $53,060. Males had a median income of $45,114 versus $33,872 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,488. About 12.2% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 and over.

As of the 2012 estimate, Dearborn's population was thought to have fallen to 96,474, a decrease of 1.7% since 2010. Over the same period, though, SEMCOG, the local statistics agency of Metro Detroit Council of Governments, has estimated the city to have grown to 99,001, or an increase of 1.2% since 2000. SEMCOG's July 2014 estimate listed Dearborn with a population of 102,566.

Dearborn has a large community of descendants of ethnic Europeans who arrived as immigrants from the mid-19th into the 20th centuries. Their ancestors generally first settled in Detroit: Irish, German, Italians, and Polish. It is also a center of Maltese American settlement, from the Mediterranean island of Malta. Also attracted to jobs in the auto industry, some were among immigrant Maltese who first settled in Corktown.

The city has a small African-American population, many of whose ancestors came to the area from the rural South during the Great Migration of the early twentieth century.

The city's population includes 40,000 Arab Americans. Per the 2000 census, Arab Americans totaled 29,181 or 29.85% of Dearborn's population; many are descendants of families who have been in the city since the early 20th century. The city has the largest proportion of Arab Americans in the United States. As of 2006 Dearborn has the largest Lebanese American population in the United States.

The first Arab immigrants came in the early-to-mid-20th century to work in the automotive industry and were chiefly Lebanese Christians (Maronites). Other immigrants from the Middle East (Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs) have also immigrated to the area. Since then, Arab immigrants from Yemen, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, most of whom are Muslim, have joined them. Lebanese Americans comprise the largest group of ethnic Arabs. The Arab Muslim community has built the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America, and the Dearborn Mosque. More Iraqi refugees have come, fleeing the continued war in their country since 2003.

Warren Avenue has become the commercial center of the Arab-American community. The Arab American National Museum is located in Dearborn. The museum was opened in January 2005 to celebrate the Arab American community's history, culture and contributions to the United States.

In the 2019 U.S. Census estimates, the largest ethnic group were Lebanese Americans, and the second largest were Yemeni Americans.

In 2010, Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, and two other people acting as Christian missionaries, were arrested at the Dearborn International Arab Festival. They had been handing out Christian literature aimed at Muslim believers. The four were prosecuted for breach of the peace. Police ordered them to stop filming the incident, to provide identification, and to move at least five blocks from the border of the fair. After reviewing the video evidence, the jury acquitted the defendants. The four defendants filed a separate civil suit against the city. Dearborn was found to have violated their constitutional rights related to freedom of speech. The city settled the lawsuit and issued a formal apology to the individuals.

Sharron Angle, a Republican senatorial candidate in Nevada, said in an October 2010 political speech that the Arab Americans in Dearborn contributed to a "militant terrorist situation," and that the city government was enforcing Islamic sharia law. Mayor Jack O'Reilly strongly criticized Angle, saying "She took it as face value and maligned the city of Dearborn and I consider that totally irresponsible".

Preacher Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, known for burning a Quran, the sacred book of Islam, planned a protest in 2011 outside the Islamic Center of America. Local authorities required him either to post a $45,000 "peace bond" to cover Dearborn's cost if Jones incited violence, or to go to trial. Jones contested that requirement, and he and his co-pastor Wayne Sapp refused to post the bond. They were held briefly in jail, while claiming violation of First Amendment rights. That night Jones was released by the court. The ACLU had filed an amicus brief in support of Jones's protest plans. A week later, on April 29, Jones led a rally at the Dearborn City Hall, in a designated free speech zone. Riot police were called out to control counter protesters. Jones also planned to speak at the annual Arab Festival on June 18, 2011, but his route was blocked by protesters, six of whom were arrested. Police said they did not have enough officers present to maintain safety. Christian missionaries accompanied Jones with their own protest signs.

On November 11, 2011, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski vacated the "breach of peace" ruling against Jones and Sapp on the grounds that they were denied due process. On April 7, 2012, Jones led another protest in front of the Islamic Center of America, where he spoke about Islam and free speech. The mosque officials had locked it down to prevent damage. The city used thirty police cars to block traffic from the area in an effort to prevent a counter protest.

Ford Motor Company has its world headquarters in Dearborn. In addition its Dearborn campus contains many research, testing, finance, and some production facilities. Ford Land controls the numerous properties owned by Ford, including sales and leasing to unrelated businesses, such as the Fairlane Town Center shopping mall. DFCU Financial, the largest credit union in Michigan, was created for Ford and related companies' employees.

One of the largest employers in Dearborn is Oakwood Healthcare System (now a part of Beaumont Health) H. Other major employers include auto suppliers like Visteon, education facilities such as Henry Ford College, and museums such as The Henry Ford. Other businesses headquartered in Dearborn include Carhartt (clothing), Eppinger (fishing lures), AAA Michigan (insurance), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

According to the city's 2022 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are:

University of Michigan–Dearborn and Henry Ford College are located in Dearborn on Evergreen Road and are adjacent to each other. Concordia University Dearborn Center, and Central Michigan University both offer classes in Dearborn. Career training schools include Kaplan Career Institute, ITT Tech, and Sanford Brown College.

Dearborn residents, along with a small portion of Dearborn Heights residents, attend Dearborn Public Schools. The system operates 34 schools including three major high schools: Fordson High School, Dearborn High School and Edsel Ford High School. The public schools serve more than 18,000 students in the fourth-largest district in the state.

Divine Child High School and Elementary School are private schools in Dearborn; the high school is the largest private coed high school in the area. Henry Ford Academy is a charter high school inside Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. Another charter secondary school is Advanced Technology Academy. Dearborn Schools operated the Clara B. Ford High School inside Vista Maria, a non-profit residential treatment agency for girls in Dearborn Heights. Clara B. Ford High School became a charter school in the 2007–08 school year.

A small portion of the city limits is within the Westwood Community School District. The sections of Dearborn within the district are zoned for industrial and commercial uses.

The Islamic Center of America operates the Muslim American Youth Academy (MAYA), an Islamic elementary and middle school.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit operates Sacred Heart Elementary School. It previously operated the St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn. In 2003 the archdiocese closed the high school of St. Alphonsus; and in 2005 closed the St. Alphonsus elementary school.

Global Educational Excellence operates multiple charter schools in Dearborn: Riverside Academy Early Childhood Center, Riverside Academy East Campus (K-5), and Riverside Academy West Campus (6–12).

Dearborn Christian School closed in 2014.

Dearborn Public Library includes the Henry Ford Centennial Library, which is the main library; and the Bryant and Esper branches.

Dearborn's first public library opened in 1924 at the building now known as the Bryant Branch. This served as the main library until the Ford library opened in 1969. In 1970 what became known as the Mason building was classified as a branch library. The library was renamed in 1977 after Katharine Wright Bryant, who developed a plan for the library and campaigned for it.

Around April 1963 the Ford Motor Company granted the City of Dearborn $3 million to build a library as a memorial to Henry Ford. Ford Motor Company deeded 15.3 acres (6.2 ha) of vacant land for the public library to the city on July 30, 1963, the centennial or 100th anniversary of Henry Ford's birth. The Ford Foundation later granted the library an additional $500,000 for supplies and equipment. On November 25, 1969, the library was dedicated. Library employees have occupied the building since its opening; originally only the library had offices in the building. In 1979 the library staff gave up the western side's meeting rooms, and the City of Dearborn Health Department occupied those rooms.

The Esper Branch, the smallest branch, is located in what is known as the Arab residential quarter of the city. The library has about 35,000 books, entertainment and educational videocassettes, music CDs, children's music cassettes, audio books, and magazines. Newspapers are also available. It features many Arabic-language books, newspapers, and videocassettes for Arabic-speaking residents. This library was dedicated on October 12, 1953. Originally named the Warren Branch, this structure had replaced the Northeast Branch, which opened in a storefront in 1944. In October 1961 it was named after city councilman Anthony M. Esper.

During the years 1934 to 1943, during and after the Great Depression, murals were commissioned for federal public buildings in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department. They often featured representation of local history. In 1938 artist Rainey Bennett painted an oil-on-canvas mural for the federal post offices in Dearborn titled, Ten Eyck's Tavern on Chicago Road.

Sports facilities include the Dearborn Ice Skating Center and the Dearborn Civic Center.

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Dearborn, operating its Wolverine three times daily in each direction between Chicago, Illinois and Pontiac, via Detroit. Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases, in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment, are allowed on board as carry-ons. There is one rail stop in Dearborn: the John D. Dingell Transit Center. Amtrak operates on the Michigan Department of Transportation Michigan Line. This track runs from Dearborn to Kalamazoo, Michigan. CSX Transportation's Detroit Subdivision, Canadian National Railway/Grand Trunk Western Railroad's Dearborn Subdivision, and Conrail Shared Assets' Junction Yard Running Track also pass through Dearborn. Most of the freight traffic on these rails is related to the automotive industry.

Dearborn is served by buses of both the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) systems.

From 1924 to 1947, Dearborn was the site of Ford Airport. It featured the world's first concrete runway and the first scheduled U.S. passenger service.

Launched in March 2021, SMART Flex is an on-demand public transit service launched in partnership with TransitTech company Via Transportation as a way to help encourage first-and-last mile connections to existing bus routes as well as trips to universities, grocery stores, local hospitals and other destinations. SMART Flex is available to residents and workers in Dearborn, Troy, the Hall Road corridor between Utica and New Baltimore, Pontiac/Auburn Hills, and Farmington/Farmington Hills to book rides using the SMART Flex app.

  • Arab American National Museum
  • Automotive Hall of Fame
  • The Henry Ford (Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village)
  • Fair Lane Estate
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • The Stamelos Gallery at the University of Michigan Dearborn Mardigan Library
  • The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan Dearborn Mardigan Library
  • Crowley Park and Field
  • Ford Field Park
  • Ford Woods Park
  • Hemlock Park
  • Levagood Park
  • Rouge Gateway Park / Trail
  • Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
  • Ford-Wyoming Drive-In
  • Edward Hotel & Convention Center
  • Ford Motor Company Research and Engineering Center (under construction)
  • Ford World Headquarters building
  • Ford Homes Historic District
  • Islamic Center of America

Dearborn has several buildings designed by architect Albert Kahn for Henry Ford.

  • Dearborn Inn
  • Ford Engineering Laboratory
  • Ford River Rouge Complex

Dearborn has a mayor-council form of government. As of 2021, the Mayor of the City of Dearborn is Abdullah Hammoud. The City Clerk is George T. Darany. The City Council President is Michael T. Sareini.

Built in 1922, the Dearborn City Hall Complex was in operation until 2014 when government operations moved to the new Dearborn Administrative Center. The former city hall was redeveloped by Artspace Projects to preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations.

Dearborn historically firmly voted for the Democratic Party.

In 2016, Bernie Sanders received the most votes in the heavily Muslim and Arab parts of Dearborn in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries.

In 2021 Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press reported that Yemeni Americans in Dearborn were advocating for more of a role in their city's government.

In the 2022 Michigan elections there was a shift in east Dearborn (heavily Arab and Muslim) towards the Republican Party as LGBTQ+ materials in schools became a political issue. According to Niraj Warikoo of The Detroit News, "Democrats still won the city overall by a comfortable margin".

The metropolitan-area newspapers are The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

The Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Press and Guide publishes local news for Dearborn and the neighboring Dearborn Heights. The Arab American News is published in Dearborn.

  • 1603 – French lay claim to unidentified territory in this region, naming it New France.
  • July 24, 1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac and his soldiers first land at what is now Detroit.
  • November 29, 1760 – The British take control of the area from France.
  • 1780 – Pierre Dumais clears farm near what is today's Morningside Street in Dearborn's South End.
  • 1783 – By terms of the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolutionary War, Great Britain cedes territory south of the Great Lakes to the United States, although the British retain practical control of the Detroit area and several other settlements until 1797.
  • 1786 – Agreed year of first permanent settler in present-day Dearborn.
  • 1787 – Territory of the US north and west of the Ohio River is officially proclaimed the Northwest Territory.
  • December 26, 1791 – Detroit environs become part of Kent County, Ontario.
  • 1795 – James Cissne becomes first settler in what is now west Dearborn.
  • 1796 – Wayne County is formed by proclamation of the acting governor of the Northwest Territory. Its original area is 2,000,000 square miles (5,200,000 km), stretching from Cleveland, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois, and northwest to Canada.
  • May 7, 1800 – Indiana Territory, created out of part of Northwest Territory, although the eastern half of Michigan including the Dearborn area, was not attached to Indiana Territory until Ohio was admitted as a state in 1803.
  • January 11, 1805 – Michigan Territory officially created out of a part of the Indiana Territory.
  • June 11, 1805 – Fire destroys most of Detroit.
  • November 15, 1815 – Current boundaries of Wayne County drawn, county split into 18 townships.
  • January 5, 1818 – Springwells Township established by Gov. Lewis Cass.
  • October 23, 1824 – Bucklin Township created by Gov. Lewis Cass. The area ran from Greenfield to approximately Haggerty and from Van Born to Eight Mile.
  • 1826 – Conrad Ten Eyck builds Ten Eyck Tavern at Michigan Avenue and Rouge River.
  • 1827 – Wayne County's boundaries changed to its current 615 square miles (1,593 km2).
  • April 12, 1827 – Springwells and Bucklin townships formally organized and laid out by gubernatorial act.
  • October 29, 1829 – Bucklin Township split along what is today Inkster Road into Nankin (west half) and Pekin (east half) townships.
  • March 21, 1833 – Pekin Township renamed Redford Township.
  • March 31, 1833 – Greenfield Township created from north and west sections of Springwells Township, including what is now today east Dearborn.
  • April 1, 1833 – Dearborn Township created from southern half of Redford Township south of Bonaparte Avenue (Joy Road).
  • 1833 – Detroit Arsenal built.
  • October 23, 1834 – Dearborn Township renamed Bucklin Township.
  • March 26, 1836 – Bucklin Township renamed Dearborn Township.
  • January 26, 1837 – Michigan admitted to the Union as the 26th state. Stevens T. Mason is first governor.
  • 1837 – Michigan Central Railroad extended through Springwells Township. Hamlet of Springwells rises along railroad.
  • April 5, 1838 – Village of Dearbornville incorporates. Village later unincorporated on May 11, 1846.
  • 1849 Detroit annexes Springwells Township east of Brooklyn Street.
  • April 2, 1850 – Greenfield Township annexes another section of Springwells Township.
  • February 12, 1857 – Detroit annexes Springwells Township east of Grand Boulevard.
  • March 25, 1873 – Springwells Township annexes back section of Greenfield Township south of Tireman
  • May 28, 1875 – Postmaster general changes name of Dearbornville post office to Dearborn post office, hence changing the city's name.
  • 1875 – Detroit Arsenal closed.
  • 1875 – Detroit annexes another section of Springwells Township.
  • 1876 – William A. Nowlin writes The Bark Covered House in honor of country's 100th birthday.
  • June 20, 1884 – Detroit annexes Springwells Township east of Livernois.
  • 1889 – First telephone installed in Dearborn at St. Joseph's retreat.
  • March 24, 1893 – Village of Dearborn incorporates.
  • 1906 – Detroit annexes another section of Springwells Township.
  • 1916 - Henry, Clara, and Edsel Ford move to Dearborn.
  • 1916 – Detroit annexes more of Springwells Township, forming Dearborn's eastern boundary.
  • 1917 – Rouge "Eagle" Plant opens.
  • November 1, 1919 – The first house numbering ordinance in Dearborn starts. Residents required to place standard plate number on right side of the main house entrance five feet up.
  • December 9, 1919 – Springwells Township incorporates as village of Springwells.
  • October 16, 1922 – Springwells Township annexes small section of Dearborn Township east of present-day Greenfield Road.
  • December 27, 1923 – Voters approve incorporation of Springwells as a city. It officially became a city April 7, 1924.
  • September 9, 1924 – Village of Warrendale incorporates.
  • November 1924 – Ford Airport opens.
  • April 6, 1925 – Warrendale voters and residents of remaining Greenfield Township approve annexation by Detroit.
  • May 26, 1925 – Village of Dearborn annexes large portion of Dearborn Township.
  • December 23, 1925 – Springwells changes name to city of Fordson.
  • February 15, 1926 – First U.S. airmail delivery made, going from Ford Airport in Dearborn to Cleveland.
  • September 14, 1926 – Election approves incorporation of village of Inkster. Unincorporated part of Dearborn Township split into two unconnected sections.
  • October 11, 1926 – Only dirigible to ever moor in Dearborn docks at Ford Airport.
  • February 14, 1927 – Village of Dearborn residents approve vote to become a city.
  • June 12, 1928 – Voters in Dearborn, Fordson and part of Dearborn Township vote to consolidate into one city.
  • January 9, 1929 – Clyde Ford elected as first mayor of Dearborn.
  • 1929 – Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village opens.
  • July 1, 1931 – Dearborn Inn opens as one of the first airport hotels in world.
  • March 7, 1932 – Ford Hunger March crosses Dearborn city limits. Four marchers are shot to death by police and Ford service men.
  • 1936 – John Carey becomes mayor of Dearborn.
  • June 19, 1936 – Montgomery Ward opens in Dearborn.
  • May 26, 1937 – Harry Bennett's Ford "service" men beat United Auto Workers (UAW) official Richard Frankensteen in the Battle of the Overpass
  • June 21, 1941 – Ford Motor Company signs its first union contract.
  • 1939 – The Historic Springwells Park Neighborhood is established by Edsel B. Ford to provide company executives and auto workers with upscale housing accommodations.
  • January 6, 1942 – Orville L. Hubbard takes office as mayor of Dearborn for first time.
  • April 7, 1947 – Henry Ford dies.
  • October 20, 1947 – Dearborn City Council approves purchase of land near Milford, Michigan for what would become Camp Dearborn. First section of camp opens following year.
  • October 21, 1947 – Ford Airport officially closes.
  • 1950 – First Pleasant Hours senior citizen group formed.
  • 1950 – Dearborn Historical Museum formally established.
  • January 1953 – Oakwood Hospital formally opened and dedicated.
  • April 22, 1958 – Election held to annex part of South Dearborn Township to Dearborn. Proposal fails.
  • 1959 – University of Michigan (Dearborn Campus) opens.
  • April 6, 1959 – Election held to annex part of North Dearborn Township to Dearborn. Proposal fails.
  • 1960 – Remaining parts of Dearborn Township incorporated as Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
  • 1962 – St. Joseph's retreat closed and razed
  • 1962 – New Henry Ford Community College campus dedicated.
  • November 9, 1962 – Ford Rotunda burns down
  • 1967 – Dearborn Towers in Clearwater, Florida opens.
  • March 2, 1976 – Fairlane Town Center opens.
  • 1978 – John B. O' Reilly, Sr. becomes mayor of Dearborn
  • November 6, 1981 – Cable Television reaches first home in Dearborn, on Abbot Street.
  • December 16, 1982 – Orville Hubbard dies.
  • 1986 – Michael Guido becomes mayor of Dearborn.
  • 1993 – Michael Guido is the first mayor to run unopposed.
  • 2006 – Michael Guido dies at the age of 52 during his 6th term, the only mayor to die in office.
  • 2006 – John B. O'Reilly, Jr. is to become temporary Mayor. O'Reilly's father was the mayor who had preceded Mayor Guido.
  • 2007 – John B. O'Reilly, Jr. is elected mayor of Dearborn winning 93.97% of the vote.
  • 2008 – John B. O'Reilly, Sr. dies at the age of 89; he was Mayor of Dearborn (1978–1985) and also served as Chief of Police for 11 years.
  • Myles Amine – Olympic bronze medalist in freestyle wrestling at 2020 Summer Olympics representing San Marino
  • Frankie Andreu – professional cyclist, rode Tour De France multiple years
  • Anthony Bass – pitcher for the Miami Marlins
  • Robert Bierman – author
  • Dave Brandon – CEO of Toys "R" Us, chairman of Domino's Pizza
  • David Burtka – chef and actor, married to Neil Patrick Harris
  • Brian Calley – 63rd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
  • Garrett Clayton – actor
  • Jim Cummins – NHL player
  • John Dingell – former dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, longest-serving Congressman
  • Agnes Dobronski – Michigan educator and legislator
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 24 Hour Emergency Repair in Dearborn, Michigan

When your garage door stops working, it can be an emergency that requires prompt assistance. If your business relies on many people navigating through the doors or you have a large warehouse with commercial roll up garage doors, having your doors down while waiting for a technician is unaffordable.

24 Hour Emergency Garage Door Repair

Garage door repair may be necessary for several reasons: you don't have access to your opener, the door is off track, or there are broken springs or gears preventing it from closing properly. If these issues go uncorrected, they could cause significant damage to both the door and other parts of your home.

When your garage door has a broken spring, gear, or motor, always call an expert for repair. Not only will this save you money on repair costs, but it also ensures your home remains safe and secure.

It is recommended to hire a professional for any repairs, especially those involving hazardous tools or materials. An improperly completed repair could prove disastrous and even lead to injury.

Avoid the need for 24-Hour Emergency Garage Door Repair by regularly maintaining your garage door and consulting with a professional for an inspection. Doing this will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones.

Have you ever opened the garage door and noticed it sagging slightly? This could be an indication that it needs fixing soon. For best results, have a professional inspect the balance of your garage door for any potential issues. You can test its balance by disconnecting the opener and manually opening it halfway to see if it stays in place.

Unbalanced springs can be a major safety risk, as they put undue strain on other components of the door. To ensure no injuries occur, have this issue professionally examined right away.

Repairing your garage door can be a stressful experience, but the peace of mind you will have once the work is done will be worth it. Make sure to find a local garage door company that provides 24-hour emergency service.

They can assist with all repairs and replace any broken parts if required. They could even install a new garage door if required.

A damaged garage door panel should be addressed promptly, as it poses serious threats to your safety and security. Not only does it let in pests and rodents, but it also allows heat or cooling to escape.

Fixing garage door issues usually begins with disconnecting the electric motor from its opener and trolley. Do this by attaching an emergency release cord that will disconnect the trolley, allowing you to open and close your garage door manually. At least once annually, have a technician come out to your home or business for this task.

 Commercial Automatic Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

Automatic Doors for Commercial Buildings

Automatic Doors are a fixture in most commercial settings, from shopping malls and banks to schools and hospitals. It is easy to see why they are so popular, they provide a convenient and safe way for people to move in and out of buildings. Often, they are operated by sensors that detect motion or pressure, allowing them to operate hands-free. They also come in a variety of styles that can fit into the aesthetics of any building décor.

When selecting an automatic door manufacturer or installer, choose one with a good track record and extensive experience in the industry. Look for reviews, testimonials, and references from previous clients. Evaluate the range of products and services offered by the installer, including whether they provide customized doors that are designed and built to suit unique architectural requirements.

Besides improving accessibility for people with disabilities, automatic doors provide convenience to customers and enhance the overall shopping experience. They can prevent the frustrating back-ups that can occur when it takes too long for a person to open or close a door, especially in busy retail settings. They can also help to direct the flow of traffic, which is an important consideration for businesses that rely on customer foot traffic for success. In addition, they are an effective energy-saving solution by keeping warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer.

 Commercial Garage Door Installation in Dearborn, Michigan

Commercial Garage Door Installation

Commercial Garage Door Installation is a major investment for business owners, so it's essential to select the right product and install it correctly. Professionally installed commercial doors will last long, saving you money in the long run by avoiding expensive repairs and maintaining safety on your premises.

Commercial garage doors come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials to meet your individual requirements. Plus, they can be custom-designed to adhere to industry-specific regulations and standards, so you get exactly the right door for your facility.

Residential garage doors may only open and close a few times each day, while commercial doors must be opened and closed multiple times daily - sometimes more frequently if your business requires regular delivery of supplies and products. That is why regular inspections and maintenance of your commercial garage door should be a top priority.

Types of Commercial Garage Doors

The traditional overhead style is the most common commercial garage door, which hangs over an opening or storefront. These steel garage doors provide sturdy construction that can withstand repeated use. Plus, they're easy to clean and maintain - especially beneficial if your business has high foot traffic.

Another popular choice is a commercial sectional door. These are similar to residential overhead garage doors in that they're constructed of wide steel sections, but commercial sectional doors also have an integrated track that stores away when not in use.

These doors are an ideal choice for businesses that need quick access to the outside, like restaurants and retail shops. Not only do they let in natural light and improve air flow in the room, but also feature insulation which helps save energy and cooling costs.

Are you a small, medium or large business owner seeking to upgrade the security and safety of your building? Get in touch for a free estimate on commercial garage door installation. Our team of experts will assist you select the ideal door for your space, ensure it meets all requirements and budget, then install it quickly and securely.

When installing a commercial garage door, the amount of time it takes depends on both the type of door needed and the existing condition of your garage. If the existing door is in good condition, replacement should take no more than several hours by an experienced company. However, if it needs replacing due to damage or age, work may become more complex and take more time.

Costs for Commercial Garage Door Installation

The price of a new commercial garage door depends on several factors, such as its design and material. A basic model with no windows or insulation may cost as little as $500 while higher-end models come at much higher costs. Furthermore, whether or not you wish to add extra features like windows and insulation will affect the final cost.

 Commercial Operators in Dearborn, Michigan

Commercial Garage Door Operators

When you want to add a garage door operator to your commercial building, there are many factors to consider. Your business, industry and type of building will determine your specific needs, as well as the cost. There are also other factors, like your door size, the material it is made of and how often it will be used each day that can affect the power that you need from an operator.

Whether you need a trolley or jackshaft commercial garage door operator, there are models to suit your needs. Trolley-style operators mount to the ceiling and are centered on the door. They are ideal for standard lift sectional doors, and operate using a rail that connects to the door and rides on it to move up and down. Jackshafts, which are side-mounted to the wall, are more suitable for vertical and high lift sectional doors as well as rolling steel shutters or grilles. They are better suited for commercial buildings where overhead space is limited.

Adding a smart garage door operator to your fire station can increase the speed at which firefighters can get out of their trucks. This can make a big difference in the lives of these brave men and women who serve our community. Check out this blog from FireRescue1, a network that helps the firefighter community, to learn more about how our smart garage door tech can help these heroes in their day-to-day work.

 Commercial Overhead Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

Unlike residential garage doors, which are typically opened and closed only two to four times per day, most commercial warehouse and shipping dock overhead door systems are opened and closed up to 50 times a day. That’s why they need to be reliable, durable and functional. They must be able to withstand the heavy load of vehicles hauling equipment or shipments in and out. They also must meet a variety of specifications, including the requirements set by local fire codes and environmental safety regulations.

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

There are many models to choose from, each with its own unique advantages and best uses. To help you decide which one is right for your business, start by considering where the door will be installed. If it will be the first thing people see, you may want to consider a more visually appealing option. In addition, you should determine what types of equipment and shipments will be stored in the space. Some may require specific temperatures or air conditions to maintain their quality, while others will need to stay pest-free and temperature-regulated.

Sectional doors are made of horizontal panels that you can open and close manually or via an electric motor. They’re perfect for industrial warehouses, shipping docks and other commercial spaces. These doors provide great protection, keeping a space’s interior pest-free, airborne impurities and moisture-free while helping to control a building’s temperature.

 Commercial Sectional Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

Commercial Sectional Garage Doors

Commercial Sectional Garage Doors are often the preferred type of overhead door for businesses that require a lot of headroom or backroom for the door to retract into place, as they offer a solution that can be customised to your specifications. Like steel roller doors, they have wide horizontal sections that can be customised with windows or even insulation to suit your needs. In addition, they can be supplied with a seperate pedestrian door built into the main door for areas where a high volume of foot traffic is required, such as car showrooms or service stations.

Whether you’re looking for a full-view aluminium commercial door with windows that lets in natural daylight and clear visibility or something more durable and energy efficient such as Wayne Dalton’s Thermacore AP Model 850 that offers an impressive R-value, we can supply a range of options designed to suit your specific requirements. You can choose from a variety of glazing options, stile widths and colours as well as track styles to help you get the best visual appearance for your commercial facility.

Aside from the look, other important factors to consider when choosing the right garage door for your business include whether you need a door that can be manually opened and closed by hand or one with automatic operation that can be controlled using either mechanical entry pads, digital entry pad systems, exit panic bars or electrical strikes with card readers. You should also take into account the number of times your door will be opened and closed and the environment where it will be used, as this can impact its lifespan and durability.

 Dock Equipment & Levelers in Dearborn, Michigan

Loading Dock Equipment & Levelers

Loading Dock Equipment & Levelers

A well-functioning dock is a critical component of your warehouse or distribution center. When you equip your facility with dock levelers that are suitable for their usage pattern, professionally installed and properly maintained, your employees will be able to perform quicker loading and unloading operations that result in more efficient use of labor and storage space.

Choosing the right dock leveler for your facility begins with understanding the type of freight you will be moving in and out of trailers. Some industries have unique wash-down requirements, pest control concerns or temperature control needs that can impact the type of dock leveler you require. Additionally, the gross truck load weight and frequency of loads being transferred can influence what features you need to help manage your environmental and safety controls.

Mechanical dock levelers feature a lip that is pivotally attached to the deck assembly, moved by either manual (pull chain) or hydraulic systems. Once a trailer is pulled up to the dock, the dock attendant pushes a button to lift the deck and extend the lip into position at the truck bed to allow for loading and unloading. Once the loading is complete, the dock leveler will return to its vertical stored position.

A less costly alternative to a mechanical or hydraulic dock leveler is the dock plate or dock board. These metal ramps help bridge the gap between dock and transport vehicle. They can be adjusted to fit most any truck bed height.

 Dock Shelter Bumpers in Dearborn, Michigan

Loading Dock Shelter Bumpers

When it comes to loading docks, there are many different ways to ensure the trucks entering and leaving your facility are safe. One way is to use truck shelters on your dock. They provide a secure space between the dock and trailer, and help keep pedestrians and equipment safe. These are available in various sizes and designs to suit your needs.

Loading Dock Bumpers

When used with a dock leveler, dock bumpers absorb impact damage from backing trucks, as well as reduce up and down movement of the truck bed. They also prevent premature truck departure and trailer creep, helping your material handling operations run smoothly.

Dock shelters are a more comprehensive solution, providing complete sealing around the entire perimeter of your dock. They work by creating a seal with the side of the trailer using vinyl fabric curtains internally fitted with fiberglass stays. They can accomodate large dock door openings and service all varieties of trailer heights/styles, whereas dock seals are best for smaller doors.

Dock shelters are most often installed at a height above the dock door. The most common door size is 10 feet high, as it can accommodate most trailers and provides maximum accessibility to the load. For those applications that require a greater range of trailer heights, you can also choose head pads in addition to the dock shelter. These are essentially foam pads that the trailer compresses into when it backs in and rests against them. This compression closes the gap between the wall of the trailer and the dock door, and helps to prevent damage to the building, trailer and merchandise.

 Dock Shelter Installations in Dearborn, Michigan

Loading Dock Shelter Bumpers

When it comes to loading docks, there are many different ways to ensure the trucks entering and leaving your facility are safe. One way is to use truck shelters on your dock. They provide a secure space between the dock and trailer, and help keep pedestrians and equipment safe. These are available in various sizes and designs to suit your needs.

Loading Dock Bumpers

When used with a dock leveler, dock bumpers absorb impact damage from backing trucks, as well as reduce up and down movement of the truck bed. They also prevent premature truck departure and trailer creep, helping your material handling operations run smoothly.

Dock shelters are a more comprehensive solution, providing complete sealing around the entire perimeter of your dock. They work by creating a seal with the side of the trailer using vinyl fabric curtains internally fitted with fiberglass stays. They can accomodate large dock door openings and service all varieties of trailer heights/styles, whereas dock seals are best for smaller doors.

Dock shelters are most often installed at a height above the dock door. The most common door size is 10 feet high, as it can accommodate most trailers and provides maximum accessibility to the load. For those applications that require a greater range of trailer heights, you can also choose head pads in addition to the dock shelter. These are essentially foam pads that the trailer compresses into when it backs in and rests against them. This compression closes the gap between the wall of the trailer and the dock door, and helps to prevent damage to the building, trailer and merchandise.

 Door Panel Replacement in Dearborn, Michigan

Garage Door Panel Repair - How to Fix a Dent

Panels form the mainstay of your garage door, keeping it safe and secure while adding to its aesthetic appeal.

Garage doors come in a range of materials, such as wood. Depending on the style and material of your door, you may have several options for repairing or replacing its panels.

1. DIY: Do It Yourself

If you are experienced working with tools and can perform minor repairs on your own, fixing a damaged garage door panel may not be too difficult for you. However, be mindful of safety precautions and make sure all necessary tools are available.

2. If you don't know how to tackle it yourself, contact a professional who can take care of the task for you.

3. Repairing a Dent: When It's Possible

When your garage door panel has been dented, it may be more cost-effective and easier to repair the affected area than replace the entire panel. Dents can be caused by hailstones or other storm debris, physical objects like balls that get kicked into the door, or even just from impact from cars.

4. If you don't have access to a hammer or other tool, heating the dent may be enough to straighten it out in its upright position.

5. Metal doors with dent can be repaired using adhesive.

6. If your wooden door is older, you may need to replace the entire panel.

7. If the dent is minor, you can use aluminum foil to apply heat to it and restore its original look. This will help straighten out the area and restore your car's paint job back to new.

8. If the dent is extensive, you can hire a company to repair it for you.

9. The most frequent cause of garage door denting is accidental impact from a vehicle.

Denting in your panel can be both frustrating and irritating. It could also lead to other issues, such as the door buckling or damaging other components of the interior.

It can be challenging to tell whether your panel is actually broken or just showing signs of wear and tear, so take the time to inspect it regularly.

Once you determine how severely damaged a panel is, it's essential to get it repaired promptly in order to avoid further harm and extend the lifespan of your garage door.

Once you know how much it needs replacing, begin searching for a replacement panel that matches your garage door's size and shape. Aesthetics are usually top of mind when selecting a new garage door, so finding one that matches what you currently have can be an advantageous move.

Panel replacement costs can range anywhere from $200 to $800, so it's essential that you consider the total cost when making your decision. Include labor, setup and mobilization fees as well as any extra charges associated with hiring a general contractor to oversee the project.

 Garage Door Repair in Dearborn, Michigan

When you’re looking for a local garage door repair company, it’s important to do your research. Check their reviews, find out if they offer payment plans and look for one that has strong work guarantees.


Pros and Cons of Doing Garage Door Repair by Yourself

If you’re handy and enjoy working with your hands, do-it-yourself garage door repair might be a good option for you. It’s a great way to learn about the mechanics of your door and its parts, and you can save money on labor costs.

Some repairs are pretty easy to do, while others are more complex. Before you start, make sure your tools are the right size and you have enough time to complete the job. You should also have a list of tasks and a timeline for when you need to get them done so you can stay on top of it all.

For example, if your garage door is shaking when you open or close it, that could be a sign that the tracks are misaligned or damaged. You can try straightening them with a soft mallet, or you can call a garage door professional to do it for you.

Another common problem is that your garage door doesn’t seem to move when you press the button. You may need to adjust the limits on your opener to make it move a little more slowly when you open or close it.

This problem could be caused by a broken spring, which will need to be replaced. Replacement springs can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on their size, material and weight.

If the doors of your garage aren’t properly sealed, they can let in drafts and heat that can increase your energy bill. Replacing them with insulated polyurethane panels will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, saving you a lot of money over time.

It’s also easier to replace a door with multiple cracked or rotting panels than it is to repair a single panel. If the damage to your garage is extensive, you’ll want to think about replacing it altogether so that you don’t have to worry about cracks spreading and compromising the structural integrity of your garage door.

Lastly, hiring a professional is always safer than trying to fix your own garage door. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself or your family. You should always follow the proper safety precautions and use the right tools when fixing your own garage door.

If you need garage door repair, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at The Woodlands Garage Door Service! Our technicians have the experience, training and knowledge to handle any type of door repair or replacement. We pride ourselves on quality work and a strong customer satisfaction rating. Contact us today to schedule a free quote!

 Garage Door Replacement in Dearborn, Michigan

Garage Door Replacement - How to Keep Your Door in Good Shape

Your garage door is an integral part of the exterior design of your home. Not only does it provide secure storage for vehicles and other valuable items, but also adds to its visual appeal by helping define your property's overall appearance.

Garage doors that have been maintained properly can last decades, but eventually problems may arise that require repairs or even a full replacement. If you notice that your door breaks frequently or needs frequent repair work, it may be wise to consider replacing it before further damage occurs.

It can be easy to overlook minor chipped paint or cracks in the door's glass, but these are indications that your garage door has seen better days and needs replacing. Ditto for any dents or bends.

These issues can cause a sagging door, placing additional stress on its frame and motor. While these repairs are more affordable than full door replacement, minor damage often proves more cost-effective in the long run.

Have you noticed one side of your garage door lower than another? This could be indicative of an imbalanced lifting mechanism. This could cause it to shake more than normal, leading to sagging or bent panels in the future.

Regularly inspect the springs to make sure they're not wearing out or rusting. Torsion springs should be oiled every two weeks, extension springs once or twice a year depending on how often you use your garage door; additionally, lubricate radius sections of tracks and rollers every six months.

Professional installation of tracks and rollers is recommended, as these components are highly delicate and need to be handled with extreme caution. With age, dirt and debris can build up inside them, clogging their channels and making your door less effective.

It's wise to check the tension of springs, as this can affect their lifespan and how much force they can handle. Most torsion springs can handle up to 10,000 cycles before breaking, while extension springs have a breaking strength of 20,000.

Broken springs can slam your garage door shut, putting both you and your vehicle at risk. Not only that, but they could damage the insulation of your door as well as lead to other issues; so be sure to get them replaced promptly if you notice signs of wear and tear.

Frayed cables can cause your garage door to close abruptly, creating a potentially hazardous situation. To address this safety concern as soon as possible, call an expert technician who can replace the cable before it snaps.

When looking for a new garage door, there are numerous options that will fit any architectural style or budget. Popular models include aluminum doors with glass panels - an attractive and cost-effective solution ideal for contemporary homes.

A new door can significantly improve your curb appeal and add value to your home, particularly if you plan to sell. According to Remodeling Magazine's study, garage door upgrades were the second most popular home improvement project surveyed; homeowners typically recoup most of their costs through sales when selling their property.

 Gate Operators in Dearborn, Michigan

How to Properly Install a Gate Operator

Regardless of the type of gate operator you are installing, it is important to make sure that all of the installation components are properly installed. This will not only ensure that the final product looks great, but it will also be safe and functional for years to come.

There are a few different types of gate operators that we use on our systems, and each one has its own set of installation requirements. If you are looking to install a new gate operator for your home or business, here are some of the basic things you need to know before getting started:

The first step in ensuring that your new gate is installed properly is to evaluate the location where it will be mounted. This includes assessing the driveway slope, the driveway slope direction, and the ground level of the site. This will help you determine what type of gate installation will be best for your specific situation and provide you with a good idea of the equipment that you will need.

Another key factor in determining where to mount the equipment is the distance between the gate and the sensor. It is imperative to ensure that this measurement is accurate so that the gate will be able to open and close safely.

If you are unsure about the gate’s distance from the sensor, consult a professional who has experience with this type of gate. This will ensure that the gate opens and closes correctly and avoid problems down the road.

You should also take into account any objects that could obstruct the gate’s movement. These include debris that may collect on the ground or a sloped driveway. These objects will prevent the gate from opening and could even lead to an accident.

It is also essential to make sure that the gate’s height is appropriate for the location. This is especially crucial for sites where the ground level is low or the driveway has a slope.

Typically, it is recommended to hang the gates at least 1’-2’ above the ground to allow for frost heave or other ground movements that can occur over time. This will prevent the gate from being forced open due to a sudden drop in ground level, and it will also help to keep debris and rocks from falling on the vehicle that is driving through the gate.

When it comes to the gate itself, there are several options for swinging style gates. This includes sliding style gates, chain drives and rack and pinion styles.

Slide gates are driven by a chain that runs down the center of the gate and then back up. These are a popular choice for a lot of homes and businesses because they are easy to install and are relatively maintenance-free.

It is important to note that the chain can stretch over time, so it is important to adjust the length of the chain as needed. Additionally, there are built-in battery backups that can be purchased at an extra cost.

 High Speed Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

High Speed Garage Doors - Fast, Reliable and Versatile to Help Keep Your Business Rolling

Fast, Reliable and Versatile to Help Keep Your Business Rolling

Speed doors are used in high-volume processing environments where the door needs to be open and closed quickly. This allows for increased efficiency in product flow, material handling and overall productivity. The door also helps control environmental conditions within the facility such as temperature and air flow. For example, if the food/beverage or medicine industry needs to maintain specific climatic conditions for their products. This requires fast opening and closing times to avoid cooling loss, minimize airflow and enable a smooth operating procedure.

A high speed commercial roll up door will not only increase your efficiency in your work space but can save your business money. They are durable and require little maintenance over their extended lifespan. This means you will be able to make the most of your resources without worrying about your doors constantly needing repairs and replacement parts.

Whether you need an interior or exterior metal high speed door we have the solution for your facility. Available in steel or aluminum for durability, these doors offer an aesthetically pleasing and secure entrance to your facility. Opening speeds are up to 80” per second and come standard with perforated slats to maintain security and privacy while allowing for air circulation. These doors are engineered for high cycles and feature breakaway technology to make them field repairable.

 Hollow Metal Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

Choosing Hollow Metal Garage Doors

Choosing Hollow Metal Garage Doors

Hollow metal doors provide an economical solution when style, energy efficiency or sound-proofing are not a priority. Made of a single sheet of galvanized 24- or 25-gauge steel, these durable doors are resistant to dents, corrosion and other wear and tear that can weaken wood door frames. Hollow steel doors are also nonflammable and can meet fire rating requirements.

Most are insulated with either polystyrene or kraft honeycomb for added energy efficiency and comfort. These are good choices for commercial applications where security is a priority and/or areas with high winds, snowfall or other weather conditions that may impact a building’s interior.

The beauty of these doors is that they can be customized to meet specific requirements and to offer a unique aesthetic to a space. They can be engraved, painted or even designed to accommodate glass windows.

Compared to wood or fiberglass doors, hollow metal doors require minimal maintenance and can be used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and schools. They are also highly resistant to damage, rust and wear and tear and can be custom-fitted for any opening.

Whether insulated or uninsulated, hollow metal doors can be used for commercial, residential and hospitality projects and are ideal for environments with security needs, such as prisons and courthouses. They are also a great choice for retail locations, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. They are available in a range of styles, finishes and options, and include all hardware for an easy installation and to ensure ADA compliance. Precision-engineered, factory-assembled systems eliminate vertical rods, astragals, coordinators and floor strikes for better looks and unrivaled reliability.

 Loading Docks in Dearborn, Michigan

Selecting Loading Dock Doors

When selecting the best dock door, consider both the variety of trailers that will be visiting your facility and their loading method. Improperly sized dock doors can create logistic headaches, reduce productivity and increase product damage. Whether your goal is to design a net-zero-energy building to qualify for energy relief or just to minimize your monthly power bill, tight-sealing dock doors can help you save energy and keep temperatures stable at your warehouse.

The most common type of loading dock door is a roll-up dock door. These industrial doors mount above the dock opening and store in a tight coil, allowing them to fit into most any space. They are available with various options such as insulated panels and manual or electrical operation. These doors are easy to maintain and require minimal effort to operate.

Sectional Dock Doors

Sectional dock doors offer a wide range of customization options for your warehouse, including custom logo imaging and SpectraShield coating in 180 colors. They provide energy efficiency, durability and security and are tested to withstand 50,000 open-and-close cycles. These doors are also designed to withstand impact.

The width of the dock door should be selected based on the average truck size. An 8' wide dock door can service most trailers but may limit maneuvering room during the loading and unloading process if a truck backs into the dock off center or has side-by-side palletizing. Choosing a 9' wide door allows for improved floor to ceiling loading of a full trailer and reduces potential product damage when a forklift hits the truck head.

 Opener Installation in Dearborn, Michigan

The garage door opener is one of the most important parts of a garage door system. If it's not installed correctly, it can cause damage to other components and make your garage door more difficult to open and close.

How to Properly Install a Garage Door Opener

When buying an opener, choose the right type for your home — whether it's a belt-drive, chain-drive, or electric opener. The type of opener you choose should be based on the size of your garage and the style of the door it will be opening, as well as your budget.

1. Consider a Pro Installation

For heavy doors or those with tall, steep sides, it's best to hire a professional for opener installation. They'll be able to install the opener in a safe, fast, and efficient manner.

2. Check Your Spring and Rollers

It's a good idea to have a professional check out your current opener before installing a new one. They'll be able to diagnose any issues and ensure that your door is working properly.

If your door doesn't open as easily or loudly as it should, start by checking for broken or wobbly rollers and brackets. Also, check the torsion spring (mounted on the header above the door opening) for breaks in the coils. If you find a spring that is broken, replace it as soon as possible, or else your garage door may stop working completely.

3. Adjust Your Opening Force

If you have a manual opener, take a look at the instructions to see where the opening force adjustment screws are located. If the screw isn't in its proper position, turn it just a little to the left or right until you have the force you want.

4. Check Your Safety Systems

If your opener has a safety reverse system or an electric eye, it's important to make sure they're functioning properly. It's recommended to check them every month and readjust them if necessary.

5. Change Your Wires

If the wires that run from your opener to the photo eyes and the wall button are exposed, you should replace them with new ones. These wires have probably been in your garage for a long time and they're likely to be nicked or worn. It only takes about 15 minutes to run a new wire, but it's worth the cost and inconvenience to prevent damage to your garage door.

6. Test Your Remote Control

If you have a remote opener, test it to see if the button works. If it's not working, call a technician for repair or replacement.

7. Test Your Garage Door

Once you've had your new garage door opener installed, it's a good idea to test it out by opening and closing it manually. If you notice a significant amount of resistance when the door is opened, it could be caused by your finger getting caught in the track.

If you have any questions about your garage door or opener, don't hesitate to contact us at AAA Garage Door Inc. We'll help you get your door and opener in top working condition again.

 Opener Repair in Dearborn, Michigan

If your garage door opener isn't opening all the way, making strange noises or not working at all, you need to have it repaired immediately. Having your opener repaired can save you money, ensure safe operation and increase the lifespan of the machine.

Garage Door Opener Repair Symptoms

If the door won't open all the way or make a loud noise, it's likely an issue with your motor or chain drive. We'll repair the motor or chain drive to restore function so you can use your garage door opener again with ease.

Usually this is an easy fix and can be done by anyone with basic DIY skills.

The most common cause of a broken garage door opener is a bad main gear drive. This is the plastic gear that comes in direct contact with the worm drive on your motor. If your garage door opener makes a grinding noise but the door won't move, it's probably time for this component to be replaced.

This is a bit more complicated than the other repairs in this article but still fairly simple to do by yourself.

Besides repairing the main drive gear, you can also fix the trolley carriage and the rail that attaches to it. You'll need to remove your opener's header bracket and disconnect the trolley from the motor and then slide off the old one and replace it with a new one.

Another simple and affordable repair to make is to replace the weather stripping around your garage door. This helps to seal the gap between your garage floor and the door, which can prevent your opener from slipping off its track.

You should have your door inspected at least once a year to make sure it's in good condition. It's also a good idea to have it serviced by a professional to ensure there are no problems with the tracks, rollers or springs that will cause damage to your door or opener.

A broken garage door opener can be dangerous. The opener's motor hoists a heavy door up and down the tracks multiple times a day, so it can exert an incredible amount of stress on the parts.

This can damage the tracks, causing them to bend or break. It can also make the door difficult to open and close.

Other possible signs that your opener needs to be repaired include a faulty keypad, remote control or wall control panel, damaged safety eyes, and a malfunctioning logic board. Having these components fixed or replaced by your Precision Garage Door Technician will help restore functionality and ensure your opener continues to operate safely.

Regardless of the type of garage door opener you have, Precision is always prepared to perform any necessary garage door opener repairs and maintenance. We have the tools and skills to provide quick and efficient service for a variety of brands, including LiftMaster, Wayne Dalton, Chamberlain, Genie, Stanley and more.

 Pedestrian Door Installation in Dearborn, Michigan

Pedestrian Door Installation

Pedestrian Door Installation

Adding a pedestrian walk through door to your garage is one of those home improvement projects that seems like it will make life a lot easier. It saves you from having to roll up the garage door every time you go outside and makes it much more convenient if you have heavy items. It also provides security and reduces the risk of burglars breaking into your house through the garage.

However, before you decide to get your hands dirty and do it yourself, you have to know the basics. You will need to have some basic tools like: ladders, scaffolding and a mechanical lift. You will also need some safety gear like a harness, gloves and eye protection. You should also make sure that there is a clear space to work and the room is well ventilated.

If you don’t have the required tools to do the job, then you should hire a professional service provider for a safer and more efficient result. A qualified technician will ensure that your new doors are correctly installed and that they are safe to use. They will also inspect your garage and ensure that it is safe for the new doors and that they can withstand the elements.

Pedestrian doors are an essential part of any commercial or industrial building and serve many important functions including security, managing traffic flow, maintaining temperature control and providing barrier free access to the workplace. They are common in a range of settings including hospitals, transport interchanges, shops and offices.

 Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair in Dearborn, Michigan

Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair

About Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair

Whether your doors are swinging, sliding, manual or automatic, the experts at American Pedestrian Door have you covered. Our commercial door specialists are well trained, insured and ready to help with any problems you may have with your pedestrian doors. Their up-to-date knowledge of custom equipment and door parts makes them an invaluable resource for anyone looking to replace or install new swing doors.

From first impressions and accessibility to traffic flow management and security, interior and exterior sliding doors play a critical role in business operations. We carry all the new and replacement commercial door parts to handle these needs, including hinges, overhead springs, cables, tracks, patio sliders and glass.

When it comes to securing your facility’s sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs), you can't afford to cut corners or take shortcuts with the pedestrian door deadbolt devices you choose. The locks used on pedestrian doors must meet specific life safety requirements, as set forth by your local fire marshal or Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Whether you need an additional lock or a replacement, we can help.

 Residential Garage Door Installation in Dearborn, Michigan

Residential Garage Door Installation is a home improvement project that can add value to your property and make your life easier. A new garage door is also an important safety feature for your home, so be sure to invest in the latest technology.

Residential Garage Door Installation

Before deciding to install a new garage door, it's crucial to consider several factors: type of door, size and weather conditions. These will influence the time and labor costs for your project.

The most common types of garage doors include single panel, sectional and swing-out/sliding. Each type of door has its own unique features and benefits.

Single Panel

Composed of a single panel, a single-panel door is the least expensive to install. They're typically priced from $400 to $1,000, but can vary greatly depending on the style and manufacturer.

Swing-out/Sliding

A swing-out or sliding door is a more common type of garage door and usually includes a curved section that can be opened like a regular door. They can be as costly as $1,000 to $2,000, but can add significant visual appeal to your home.

Sectional

A sectional garage door is a popular choice and is the most commonly installed door in the United States. Each section of the door is connected with hinges that bend over a curved track. This allows the door to sit parallel to the ceiling when fully open and in line with the walls when completely closed.

Attach the upper and lower tracks to the wall with 5/16" x 1-1/2" lags. Ensure the upper and lower sections are parallel with the flag bracket at the top of the track. Next, secure the end bearing plate to the horizontal section with one 3/8" bolt. When tight, the flange should be even with the flag bracket and pointing away from the door.

BOTTOM SECTION

To complete the bottom section, first attach the hinges with 2 lags per stile, even with the bottom corner of the door section. Then, slip the looped cable ends onto their studs on the bottom fixtures. Once that's done, lag the rollers on each of the stiles with two lags, leaving an extra 1/2" at each end.

Winding the Springs

To wind up the springs, insert a bar into the hole on the casting and crank it out and up until you feel the cast end begin to move inward toward the shaft. Then, turn down the set screws until they contact the shaft, then 1-1/2 to 2 turns more.

When you're finished, tighten the set screws until they're snug. This will give you a good idea of how well the springs are tensioned.

If you're installing a spring-tensioned door, be sure to use the right size springs. The stronger the springs, the more force they'll require to open and close the door. Using the correct springs will save you money over time and help your door last longer.

 Rolling Steel Doors in Dearborn, Michigan

Rolling Steel Garage Doors

Rolling Steel Garage Doors

Sometimes called overhead rolling doors, coiling garage doors and roll-up doors, these commercial resources retract into a compact, easily transportable coil to provide space-saving utility for any facility. They are great for situations where headroom and sideroom is at a premium, as well as for applications that require energy efficiency or security. They offer flexibility in use, operation and appearance and come in a wide selection of curtain materials, slat profiles and finishes that can be configured to meet your project specifications.

Aside from their functional and aesthetic benefits, these commercial metal doors can also contribute to workplace safety and security. Unlike steel sectional doors, which may pose a safety risk to employees by snapping when in motion and coming crashing down on equipment or people positioned underneath them, steel rolling doors have a smooth-operating mechanism that does not rely on springs.

This type of commercial garage door is a fantastic resource for business settings that need to move a lot of inventory or equipment quickly and efficiently. They are available in a variety of materials and can be configured to withstand heavy usage. For example, some high-performance models feature a cycling range that is capable of withstanding dozens of openings and closings per day.

They can also be designed with insulation to reduce transfer of heat and noise, and they can be fenestrated for ventilation. These features make them ideal for parking garages looking to replace grilles or customers in warehouse settings seeking enhanced security.

 Security Shutters in Dearborn, Michigan

Security Shutters

Security Shutters are a physical barrier to stop burglars, vandals and trespassers from accessing your property. They also act as a great crime deterrent – many opportunist burglars will avoid a property with shutters installed, knowing it would take them much longer to break in. They look sturdy and impenetrable and create a huge barrier that makes it difficult for burglars to attempt entry at all.

They are commonly used in commercial settings such as shops, offices, warehouses, garages, concession stands and guard booths, but they can be installed in residential properties too. They can be automated and controlled from a central switch inside the building or manually operated using either a crank or strap (belt).

In addition to providing an effective security measure, Security Shutters can help save on energy bills and provide shade/UV control. They are made of high-grade aluminum that is insulated and helps to prevent the passage of heat and cold. They can also be customized with louvres, to allow you to choose how much sunlight enters your home or office.

The shutters are available in a variety of colors, patterns and styles to complement your property’s aesthetics. They are also available in a range of thicknesses and insulation options, depending on your requirements. They can be installed on both new and existing buildings, including older properties with wooden windows or steel shutters. They can also be integrated with your security systems to give you added peace of mind and provide a complete home protection solution.

 Spring Repair in Dearborn, Michigan

Garage Door Spring Repair Basics

Garage door springs are a major part of the operation of your garage doors. They extend and contract with the help of cables and pulleys to open and close the garage door. Unfortunately, they sometimes break, causing your garage door to either open or close improperly. If this happens, you can fix a broken spring yourself or call a professional. But before you start, it’s important to understand how they work and why they might need repair.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are used in most garage doors. They are mounted on the wall above the garage and extend or collapse with the help of cables and pulleys attached to the horizontal tracks that run through the ceiling of the garage. A damaged or broken torsion spring can cause the door to open or close erratically or not at all.

Depending on the size of your garage, you may have one or two torsion springs. If you have a single torsion spring, it will be attached directly to the door, while if you have a double torsion spring, it will be connected to the cable and pulleys in the track.

It’s a good idea to replace torsion springs as soon as they are damaged or break, and that includes the ones that are closest to the motor. If you do not, you could end up putting unnecessary stress on the motor and damaging it.

If you’re inexperienced with spring repairs, it’s a good idea to hire a professional. They have the proper tools and training to complete the job safely.

Compression Springs

Coil springs, which are found on many vehicles, work in conjunction with shocks and struts to maintain suspension movement. They absorb shock and force, allowing the truck to smoothly shift over bumps and dips on the road.

These springs are not only essential in a vehicle’s suspension, but they also help to prevent the wheels from rubbing together. If a coil spring is damaged or worn, it will not be able to do its job effectively, and your vehicle’s suspension will fail.

To keep your coil springs in tip-top condition, it’s a good idea to spray them with a silicone-based lubricant three or four times per year. This will keep them from rusting, which can significantly shorten their lifespans.

You should replace your coil springs in pairs—for example, both front coil springs—to ensure the entire car rides evenly. This will allow your vehicle to run at its best.

If you don’t know what type of spring your garage door requires, it’s a good idea to ask the professionals at White’s Automotive Center. They will be able to provide you with the right replacement springs for your specific model of door.

There are three common types of extension springs: open-looped, double-looped and clipped. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. You can purchase replacement springs from your local hardware store or through a manufacturer. However, it is more cost-effective to buy them from a company that specializes in garage door springs. They will have them in stock and can easily answer your questions.

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