Honorary Degree


A lifelong resident of Wabash, Ind., Steve Ford graduated from Wabash High School before earning a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. After graduate studies at the University of Illinois, he returned to his hometown to work in the family business, Ford Meter Box Company Inc. As a leading manufacturer of products for the waterworks industry, the company helps deliver clean water critical to public health and economic development across North America and around the world.

Mr. Ford worked At Ford Meter Box in the summers during college, learning from and alongside the company’s longtime employees. He worked his way up and, through the years, developed experience in information technology, finance and accounting, sales, purchasing and engineering before becoming president and chief executive officer in 2006.

As the leader of Wabash’s largest employer, Mr. Ford embraces his responsibility as a servant leader. The Ford Meter Box Foundation Inc. is the company’s philanthropic arm and supports arts and culture, education, health, youth development and community development. Mr. Ford is particularly passionate about the importance of education at every stage and served eight years on the Manchester University Board of Trustees.

Mr. Ford’s long list of involvements include the Honeywell Foundation Board, Community Foundation of Wabash County, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Wabash Area Chamber of Commerce, ARC of Wabash County and the Wabash County United Fund, to name just a few.