It’s been said that Henry Ford changed the world we live in. Born in on July 30, 1863, his vision and perseverance shaped Ford Motor Company from the very beginning, his focus on innovation and technology continue to be at the very core of what we do. Selected by Fortune Magazine in 1999 as “Businessman of the Century” for his achievements as an entrepreneur, his philosophy on life and business still apply today.
From his days as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to his street racing career in turn-of-the-century Detroit, Henry Ford never stopped learning. Check out the interactive timeline on www.HenryFord150.com to find out more about the founder of Ford Motor Company.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford
Miss the Henry Ford reenactors at this year’s North American International Auto Show? Don’t live close enough to Dearborn, Michigan, to take part in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford’s birth? Be sure to catch “American Experience: Henry Ford and the American Dream” on January 29, 2013, on your local PBS station. The two-hour documentary explores our founder’s life and achievements. See your local PBS station listings for times.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford
Sure, we’ve all heard about how Henry Ford used the assembly line to reduce the time it took to build a car from 12 hours to just one and a half hours. But did you know he didn’t invent the assembly line? Firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt used an assembly line to build guns during the Civil War. What Mr. Ford did so successfully was to create a demand for the very product his assembly-line workers were building by paying them a higher wage while reducing the vehicle cost.
“To resent efficiency is the mark of inefficiency” – Henry Ford
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch Henry Ford’s words come to life. Visitors to the Ford Rogue Factory can tour the Dearborn Truck Plant, the Ford Motor Company state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Learn about vertical integration; feel the heat of the blast furnaces, hear the rumble of the huge stamping presses and watch as the F-150 is built. Learn more at www.TheHenryFord.org.
Other Henry Ford sesquicentennial events include:
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