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100 Years Ago: Ford Introduced the $5 Work Day

Jan-06-2014 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - If the development of the moving assembly line was Henry Ford’s claim to fame in eyes of industrialists, manufacturers and business men, then establishing the $5 per day wage was his way of guaranteeing its success.

Ford Collaborates with the Henry Ford Museum to Digitize History, Make Available Online

Dec-31-2013 6:30 AM ET

​DEARBORN - On Sept. 20, 1945, Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, wrote his letter of resignation to his board of directors, which states: “I hereby resign the office of president of this company, to take effect upon acceptance.”

Assembly Line Documentary Airs Tonight

Oct-18-2013 8:35 AM ET

​DEARBORN - To honor the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line, the National Geographic channel will air its original documentary Ultimate Factories: The Assembly Line Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Evolution of Engine Assembly in CHEP

Oct-10-2013 6:00 AM ET

​CHIHUAHUA, Mexico - In 1983, with a floor area of 66,000 square meters, the Ford Chihuahua Engine Plant (CHEP) began operations. At this site, the four-cylinder engine "Penta" was built and intended for national and foreign consumption.

Ford Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Moving Assembly Line with New Goals for Advanced, Flexible Manufacturing

Oct-08-2013 3:15 AM ET

​COLOGNE, Germany – As this week marks the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line invented by Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Henry Ford, the company is building on its legacy of innovation by expanding advanced manufacturing capabilities and introducing ground-breaking technologies that could revolutionise mass production for decades to come.

Ford Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Moving Assembly Line with New Goals for Advanced, Flexible Manufacturing

Oct-07-2013 2:00 PM ET

DEARBORN – As today marks the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line invented by Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Henry Ford, the company is building on its legacy of innovation by expanding advanced manufacturing capabilities and introducing groundbreaking technologies that could revolutionize mass production for decades to come.

Video: 100 Years of the Moving Assembly Line in 100 Seconds

Oct-07-2013 10:20 AM ET

DEARBORN - In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line on Oct. 7, 1913, Ford Motor Company spends 100 seconds to showcase the top manufacturing innovations that have kept the line moving into the future.

Video: Inside Ford's Moving Assembly Line

Oct-07-2013 10:00 AM ET

DEARBORN - In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line, introduced by Ford Motor Company and led by Henry Ford on October 7th, 1913, the automaker went inside its manufacturing facilities to document the fast-paced and efficient assembly lines producing some of the world's best vehicles. Constructed from more than 24 hours of time-lapsed views inside Ford's Michigan Assembly and Dearborn Truck Plants, Ford showcases the face of manufacturing today and tomorrow.

100 Years of Progress: Interactive Map of Ford's North American Manufacturing Facilities Today

Oct-07-2013 12:05 AM ET

DEARBORN - Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line; the innovation that forever changed the global vehicle manufacturing industry and had a significant and lasting impact on American society.

Game Changer: The Moving Assembly Line

Oct-07-2013 12:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - When Henry Ford began making cars in the early 1900s, “state-of-the-art” manufacturing meant car bodies delivered by horse-drawn carriage, with teams of workers assembling automobiles atop sawhorses.  The teams would rotate from one station to another, doing their part to bring the vehicle together.  Parts deliveries were timed, but often ran late causing pile-ups of workers vying for space and delays in production. Fortunately for the future of industry, these archaic practices came to an end Oct. 7, 1913.

Game Changer: Celebrating 100 Years of the Moving Assembly Line

Oct-07-2013 12:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - On Oct. 7, 2013 Ford will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the innovation that made the largest impact on manufacturing, industry and society as a whole: the moving assembly line.

Assembly Line Heritage Series: WWII, Switching Gears

Oct-04-2013 10:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States officially joined World War II. From that moment on, American society was forever changed. The needs of the war effort changed society at home, the way we looked at work, the way we utilized resources and the way we manufactured goods. Ford led the charge of what is now known as the Arsenal of Democracy, focusing efforts on building the military equipment our armed forces needed to win the war and the moving assembly line lived at the crux of all the action.

Meet Gail Wise, the Woman Believed to Be the World’s First Production Ford Mustang Owner

Sep-30-2013 6:00 AM ET

DEARBORN - In 1964, Gail Brown was 22 years old and just starting out in the world. The elementary school teacher, then living with her parents and getting to work with her mother’s ’57 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible, yearned for a car of her own. It was the mid-1960s and car culture was in full swing. Whatever car Gail ended up with, it had to be cool, and it had to be a convertible.

Moving Assembly Line Heritage Series: Preparation

Sep-19-2013 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Leading up to the initial use of Ford’s moving assembly line, which took place on Oct. 7, 1913, teams of engineers first tried to perfect the art of timing to guarantee a consistent flow of parts and sub-assemblies to the main assembly line.

Ford Mustangs That Never Were

Sep-16-2013 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - The process of designing and developing new cars is time consuming and costly. You don’t want to commit to investing hundreds of millions of dollars without seriously considering a lot of alternatives. Over the past five decades, Ford designers and engineers have drawn, built and tested countless cars that might have carried the Mustang galloping pony badge. Only a fraction of those have ever actually made it to production. We’ve dug into the Ford archives to find some of the cars that didn’t make it, so you can ponder what might have been.

Ford Celebrates Big Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep-13-2013 10:10 AM ET

​DEARBORN - The company has joined PBS to support their landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series LATINO AMERICANS as a major corporate funder. Ford’s underwriting of this program, the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich history and experiences of Latinos in the United States will feature Ford’s Spanish-language campaign, ‘Si todo fuera como un Ford’ (If Everything Was Like a Ford) launched Earlier in 2013.

Collectable Corner: Ad-Art

Aug-30-2013 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Since the earliest days of Ford Motor Company, advertising has been a part of our story. 

The First Generation Ford Mustang – From Sketch to Production

Aug-28-2013 1:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - In early 1961 a group of Ford Motor Company engineers, designers, product planners, marketers and executives began a series of off-site meetings at the Fairlane Inn in Dearborn, Mich. The goal was to formulate a response to the rapidly changing demographics of the American automotive market. The first wave of the post-war baby boom was coming of age and these younger drivers wanted something different from what their parents wanted.

E&G Dealers Mark 110th Year of Ford ‘Putting the World on Wheels’

Aug-27-2013 6:10 AM ET

​BANGKOK – Iconic Ford images were on display as dealers across Export and Growth’s (E&G) Asia-Pacific region created Ford Heritage Month to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of Ford Motor Company and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford.

Collectable Corner: Ford’s Stamp on History

Aug-22-2013 3:05 PM ET

​DEARBORN - It will come as no surprise to avid philatelists that Ford and a number of Ford products have been featured on several official postage stamps over the years. In fact, James E. Bie wrote in the February/March 1995 edition of Ford World that 188 stamps from more than 70 nations have commemorated Ford vehicles through postage, each becoming a tiny yet practical collectable.

Ford Mustang Introduced by Lee Iacocca at the 1964 World's Fair

Aug-21-2013 6:00 AM ET

​NEW YORK CITY - On April 13, 1964, more than 125 members of the media gathered at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair for a preview of the cars that would be on display. Then-Ford Motor Company Vice President Lee Iacocca delivered a speech that discussed the emerging market of younger drivers born in the years after World War II.

The Original 1965 Ford Mustang Press Kit and Media Drive

Aug-21-2013 5:55 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Following the official media introduction of the all-new 1965 Ford Mustang in the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, the journalists moved over to the Westchester Country Club for lunch and further discussion. With the official press kit in hand, the writers set off on a 750-mile drive back to the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich. The extended trip demonstrated the Mustang's reliability and durability while also attracting crowds of onlookers to check it out.

Mustang Milestones

Aug-15-2013 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Over its nearly 50 year history, the Ford Mustang has changed with the times, staying relevant while remaining true its nature as a stylish, sporty car that can be whatever its owners want it to be. With its classic long-hood, short deck proportions and front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, it was a platform everyone could build on. Here are just a few of the milestones of the past five decades as we look ahead to the next 50 years of Mustang.

Collectable Corner: The History of Employee Identification Badges

Aug-08-2013 9:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - For most of us, our employee identification badge is not something we would think of as a collectable item. Today, the plastic cards bearing a bar code and token awkward photo don’t cross our minds too often, unless we somehow make it to work without them, in which case we get to spend quality time getting to know the security team. But, not too long ago these badges were stamped into stainless steel or brass often with the logo or symbol of the specific plant you worked in. If you moved from plant to plant or switched job titles during your Ford career, you likely earned yourself your own little menagerie of badges each with its own character and sentimental attachment.

Collectable Corner: Happy Birthday Henry Ford!

Aug-01-2013 6:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - This week Ford Motor Company celebrated the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth with various events all over the world. At World headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., employees listened as Executive Chairman Bill Ford shared family stories about his great-grandfather.  A number of Henry’s belongings were been brought over from the Henry Ford Museum to help those in attendance get a sense of his presence.

Did You Know?: Ford Motor Company Video Series Now Viewable Online

Aug-01-2013 5:45 AM ET

​DEARBORN - A staple of Ford North America’s FCN TV Network in the 1990s was a show titled Did You Know?.

150th Anniversary of Henry Ford’s Birth Celebrated Around the World

Jul-30-2013 12:10 AM ET

​DEARBORN – Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford, whose innovative ideas revolutionized transportation and brought mobility to the masses. Henry Ford’s enduring impact is being recognized through events and declarations across the United States and around the world.

Remembering Henry Ford on the 150th Anniversary of His Birth

Jul-30-2013 12:05 AM ET

​DEARBORN - Born July 30, 1863, Henry Ford spent the majority of his 83 years thinking, creating and improving. In many ways he was the epitome of the global brand promise we use today, tirelessly pushing for progress on many fronts every day that he was able.

From Celebrations to Cars – a Few Favorite Ford of Canada Memories

Jul-30-2013 12:00 AM ET

​OAKVILLE - Did you know that in 1903 the sixth vehicle produced by Ford Motor Company was exported to Canada? Did you also know that Ford of Canada was Henry Ford’s first expansion outside of the United States? On August 17, 1904, Henry Ford and Canadian entrepreneur Gordon McGregor signed an agreement launching Ford of Canada at a wagon factory in what is now Windsor, Ontario.

Next Key Moment in Ford History

Jul-30-2013 12:00 AM ET

​DEARBORN - @Ford chatted with several employees this month to hear their opinions on important Ford moments. Now, we'd like to ask you the same. During your time with the company, what do you think will be reflected upon as a key moment in Ford history? Use the comment section to share moment.