Henry Ford 150 Anniversary

Ford City—The Town That Ford Built

100 Years, 1912-2012 In 1904, Gordon McGregor—owner of Walkerville Wagon Works, near Walkerville, Ontario—became convinced that Canadian farmers would soon be driving automobiles. And he wanted to build them in Canada. So he approached a new automaker just across the river in Detroit. Henry Ford liked McGregor’s idea, and in August, 1904 they founded Ford …

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The Five-Dollar Day —Jump-starting The Middle Class

100 Years, 1914-2014 In 1913, Henry Ford’s team reinvented manufacturing by introducing the moving assembly line. It worked well, but workers hated the jobs. They quit almost as quickly as they were trained. On January 5, 1914, the company announced it would double worker’s pay and shorten the workday. Instead of $2.34 for nine hours, …

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The Moving Assembly Line – A Manufacturing Revolution

100 Years, 1913-2013 _ One hundred years ago, building automobiles was a slow process—workers moved from car to car. Building a car using “station assembly” took more than 12 man-hours! But Model Ts were selling so fast that Henry Ford had to find a way to speed up production. Moving assembly lines were sometimes used …

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