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2013 marks 100 years of the assembly line at Ford Motor Company.

January 22, 2013 by Chad Houghton

With the introduction of the Model T in 1908, Henry Ford set out to build a car for the masses.  The number of cars needed was increasing quarterly and the need to build the cars faster and more efficiently would be crucial in carrying out this plan.  Though the impression is that Ford created the assembly line, this was not the case.  Henry perfected it!

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Before the Model T there was the Model N!

April 28, 2011 by Chad Houghton

It took many months of development by Henry Ford and his engineers before the Model N was finally completed.  Throughout 1905 and 1906 Ford wanted to design a four cylinder automobile that could sell for $500.  By the fall of 1906 the Bellevue Ave plant was assembling 100 engines a day.  Henry wanted to manufacture ten thousand Model N's a year and that put the Piquette plant in overdrive trying to produce the finished product as fast as they could.  When the Model N went on sale the newspapers and Magazines gave raved reviews over the Model N.  The advertising message that was used for the Model N was, "There are a lot more poor people then wealthy people.  We'll just build one car for the poor people."  During a  publicity campaign for the model N in 1906 it stated that Henry Ford idea was to build a high grade, practical automobile at a reasonable price.  The public responded!  Sales of the Model N in 1906-07 climbed to 8423 cars.  Thats more than 5 times the company's previous record in a span of twelve months.
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Ford Motor Company 3rd times a charm!

April 12, 2011 by Chad Houghton

 On June 16 1903 the papers were filed to incorporate Ford Motor Company.  This was not Ford's first automobile company.  The first was on August 5 1899, named "The Detroit Automobile Company" and the second was on November 30 1901 "Henry Ford Company".  Both companys closed mostly due to the fact that the investors wanted to only build expensive luxury cars which is not what Ford had envisioned.  In 1917 "The Lincoln Motor Company" was formed with a manager from the Henry Ford Company, another enterprise devoted to making high quality highend automobiles.  But the company went into receivership after a few years and was purchased out right by Ford Motor Company.

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One of Henry Ford's Early Businesses!

January 11, 2011 by Chad Houghton

In 1886 at the age of 23 Henry obtained 80 acres of bush from his father.  He went and bought a circular saw and rented a steam engine to run the mill.  Within a short time of hard work clearing the trees for lumber, he had built a prosperous business suppling lumber to shops, shipyards, neighbors and factories in Detroit.

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Where the name Edsel came from.

January 09, 2011 by Chad Houghton

Henry Ford had a child friend Edsel Ruddiman who he met at the Scotch Settlement School, they played almost everyday and even carved their initials next to each other in the desk they shared.  They where inseperable to say the least.  Edsel became a chemist and pharmacist at Ford Motor Company.  When Henry's only child was born in 1893 he named him Edsel.

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The mighty 999 race car!

January 09, 2011 by Chad Houghton

The famous 999 race car was so loud it would rattle windows.  Feared, driving the car on the street of detroit would make people jump and run from the roar of the engine Ford and his helpers towed the car to the track by horses.