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Company Founder Born 149 Years Ago
On July 30, 1863, Henry Ford was born in what was then known as Greenfield Township, Mich.
He was the first of William and Mary (Litogot) Ford's six children and grew up on the family farm, located near the current intersection of Greenfield and Ford Roads.
On April 11, 1888, Henry married Clara J. Bryant, also of Greenfield Township, and their son Edsel was born on Nov. 6, 1893.
On June 16, 1903, Henry Ford and eleven other investors founded Ford Motor Company, and it is through this company and his many other philanthropic endeavors, that his legacy lives on – 149 years after his birth.
Ford Begins Production of First LEV F-Series
On Aug. 3, 1999, Ford produced the first of its F-Series pickup trucks to be sold nationally as Low Emission Vehicles (LEV), far in advance of government regulation.
Beginning with the 2000 model year F-150s built at the Norfolk Assembly Plant, the F-Series pickup fleet averaged smog forming emission levels 43 percent cleaner than before it was classified as an LEV.
Noted then Vice President of the Truck Vehicle Center Gurminder Bedi, “At Ford, our goal is to become the world’s most environmentally progressive automaker. We believe it is possible for people to be environmentalists and auto enthusiasts. That’s what customers and communities are demanding of us. And that’s what Ford is demanding of itself.”