FOUNDING OF SCHOOL
Henry Ford Trade School was opened October twenty fifth, nineteen hundred sixteen, with six boys and one instructor. In 1931 the enrollment rose to 2800, with 135 instructors. The time for students was divided between the school shop and the classroom where customary high school subjects were studied.
The school was organized to give needy boys an opportunity to help support themselves and to retain their interest in education. To accomplish the first purpose, each boy was awarded a cash scholarship which was paid to him regularly.
INCORPORATION AND EQUIPMENT
Incorporated under a Michigan statute, the school was operated as a non-profit enterprise. It had a floor space of about three acres set apart for its exclusive use. All the equipment in the class and shop departments was the best.....
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line on October 7, 1913, Ford Motor Company spends 100 seconds to showcase the top manufacturing innovations that have kept the line moving into the future.
Time was, transporting car bodies for assembly at the manufacturing plant required horsepower — not the unit of energy an engine exerts, mind you, but actual horses making large deliveries.
A century ago — on Oct. 7, 1913 — an innovation at Ford Motor Co.'s facility in Highland Park, Mich., not only revolutionized the car-building process but helped change the landscape of the nation forever: the moving assembly line. The first car to roll off the line 100 years ago next week was the Model T, which had debuted five years earlier as part of Henry Ford's goal of bringing the automobile to the masses. Despite those egalitarian aspirations, the Model T remained too pricey for the majority of Americans to afford. With the efficiencies and cost savings resulting from the moving assembly line passed on to the consumer, Model T prices dropped from $600 in 1912 to $360 by 1916, and even more in subsequent years as automated assembly improved.
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