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The Kingsford Company was formed by Henry Ford and E.G. Kingsford during the early 1920s. Charcoal was developed from Ford Motor Company's factory waste wood scrap. The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford's, brokered the site selection for Ford's new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed in E.G.’s honor.
Kingsford Charcoal is made from charred softwoods, pine, spruce etc. then mixed with ground coal and other ingredients to make a charcoal briquette. As of August 2000, Kingsford Charcoal contains the following ingredients:
Today, the Kingsford Products Company remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the US, enjoying 80 percent market share. More than 1 million tons of wood scraps are converted into charcoal briquets annually.
In the early 1920s Ford had a very large plant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; Kingsford, Michigan to be exact the town named after Henry Fords Cousin. Henry Ford was alway finding new better ways of doing things. One day when the Model T's were coming off the assembly line he noticed many wood scraps being thrown. So he decided to make sure all wood scraps were brought to the chemical building (Ford also operated a chemical building and many others in the town of Kingsford, Michigan) to be made into wooden briquets. So Kingsford Charcoal we know today came from a little town In Upper Michigan. The High School is named the Kingsford Flivvers with the mascot as the model T car.
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