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Ford adds six honeybee hives at world headquarters in Dearborn

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 10:40:52-04

In an effort to become more sustainable, Ford Motor Company has added six honeybee hives to the company's world headquarters in Dearborn.

The hives will be inside a walking path extension north of the world headquarters building, and will be tended to by Ford employees who initiated the program.

In 2016, Ford added around 80,000 honeybees to the Rouge Factory complex.

“Sustainability is more than improving fuel economy and reducing waste,” says Kim Pittel, Ford group vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “It’s about improving the environment we live in for all, and that includes honeybees, pollinators and the ecosystems that depend on them.”

Ford designers also pitched in on the project and will have specially-designed hive shells around the hives. Over a dozen concepts were submitted with Chris Westfall, a designer of vehicle interiors, chosen for the winner.

It features two sails that wrap around each beehive to provide a peaceful space away from the elements.