The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc was established in April 2000 and remains today dedicated to the mission of preserving the Piquette Avenue Plant.
In 1997, zoning around the area of the historic Ford Piquette plant changed. Jerald A. Mitchell began to suspect that bulldozers might not be far away. He approached the Henry Ford Heritage Association with a proposal to form a committee and investigate ways in which the building could be saved. The Piquette Plant Preservation Project was immediately born.
Two years later, The Model T Automotive Heriateg Complex Inc. was formed and purchased the building. Since that time, the Piquette Avenue Plant has changed from a threatened and neglected building to a vital site of historic restoration, tourism and auto enthusiasts' activity.
The Piquette Avenue Plant is managed today by a board of directors. Nearly a dozen committees are involved in exhibits, loaning cars, newsletter and public relations, strategic long range planning, and window restoration, among others.
The Piquette Avenue Plant is located in the MotorCities National Heritage Area. Designated by the U.S. Congress in 1998 as an affiliate of the National Park Service, MotorCities helps citizens appreciate how the automobile has changed Michigan, the nation and the world. In addition to promoting the region's auto-related tourist attractions, MotorCities also provides educational materials and funds revitalization projects.
The Piquette Avenue Plant is also a member of National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM). The organization was founded in 1995 to link auto museums together, enabling them to foster education, share exhibits and exchange vital data about collections.