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Henry Ford Turns 150
Known often as the “Father of the automobile,” Mr. Henry Ford would have been 150 years old this past July 30th. Henry Ford passed away April 7th, 1947 at the ripe age of 83. Still 50 years after his death in 1999, Forbes named him “Businessman of the Century.” In 2012, a History Channel documentary named him as one of “The Men Who Built America.”
Ford built the first-ever moving assembly line to bring cars and mobility to the masses. With the Model T lined up and ready to go in 1908, 15 were built and sold as the nation jumped on four wheels. With a new assembly line, the hours necessary to build one of these cars reduced from 12.5 man-hours to just 1.5 man-hours. He then doubled the minimum wage in his factory in 1914 from $2.34 for a nine-hour day to $5 for an eight-hour day. Many give Ford credit for creating a middle-class America with his high minimum wage at the time.
At Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, July 30th is celebrated as “Henry Ford Day.” Also, dealers in 21 Asia Pacific markets have launched a Ford Heritage month where showrooms everywhere have been transformed into Henry Ford exhibitions. Ford of Germany held a series of road rallies to celebrate the history of Ford and its 110 years. More than 4,000 people gathered at Ford community events in Romania and Britain, where the company’s UK Tech Centre unveiled a restored statue of the man himself.
Ford executive chairman Bill Ford said: "My great-grandfather's vision was to improve people's lives by making cars affordable for the average family," said Bill Ford. "His vision to build reasonably priced, reliable and efficient cars still defines our vision today."