There's a buzz around Ford headquarters lately that has nothing to do with last week's high-profile purchase of the Michigan Central Station.
The automaker is adding roughly 360,000 honeybees and six hives to its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., part of an initiative meant to support the environmental ecosystem.
Ford engineers designed special "hive shells" to help protect the bees from the elements. Beekeepers will gather data about the insects and share them with a collective that tracks bee health and diseases.
"Sustainability is more than improving fuel economy and reducing waste," Kim Pittel, Ford group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said in a statement. "It's about improving the environment we live in for all, and that includes honeybees, pollinators and the ecosystems that depend on them."