A fellow workmates of mine said that the Kingsford charcoal company was founded by Henry Fords brother in law using the scrap wood from Fords production efforts.
E.G. Kingsford was the brother-in-law.
It was Henry's invention, but Kingsford was put in charge of it.
I seem to remember a town sprouting up around the plant by the same name.
Here is a link to a earlier thread, with some information about the charcoal grills offered by Ford
Kingsford, Michigan was founded next to Iron Mountain, MI because Henry couldn't get the tax breaks he wanted. The area around the town still suffers from the uncontrolled dumping of waste from the charcoal production. http://toxics.usgs.gov/topics/rem_act/kingsford.html
This note was on the charcoal bags a few years ago.
A Short History of The Original Charcoal
KingsfordŽ Charcoal has been around since the 1920s, when Henry Ford learned of a process for turning wood scraps from the production of Model T's into charcoal briquets. He built a charcoal plant, and the rest is history.
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 KingsfordŽ Charcoal in his honor.
Today, the Kingsford Products Company remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the U.S. More than 1 million tons of wood scraps are recycled into quality charcoal briquets every year.
Michigan's U.P. has a lot of Ford history, if anyone gets a chance, when in the U.P. stop at the museum in Michigamme, Mi. for more Ford history....Tell them that FUTURLINER guy sent you...