Monday, September 30, 2013

Ford's Moving Assembly Line Turns 100 Years Old

Ford's Moving Assembly Line Turns 100 Years Old
FLUSHING, Mich. - Ford is loving life on top as it celebrates a variety of historical moments and milestones - we celebrated Henry Ford's 150th birthday, the Ford Mustang is about to have its 50th anniversary, and numerous production milestones have been reached. Adding to the list of Ford celebrations, on October 7 Ford's moving assembly line will turn 100 years old!

Although the assembly line wasn't invented by Henry Ford, he perfected the car-building process on October 7, 1913 as he implemented the process into his factory. The first car to roll off the line 100 years ago next week was the Model T, in Highland Park, Mich. Before the assembly line, cars were put together one at a time, moving from station to station until the vehicle was complete.

Ford's Moving Assembly Line Turns 100 Years OldWhen the assembly line was first implemented, it was essentially just a winch and a rope that stretched across 150 feet. More than 140 assembly workers were stationed along the length of the rope and each installed different components as it was dragged across the floor. Although this seems primitive, it cut the production time by three quarters allowing each vehicle to be assembled in just three hours.

As the assembly line evolved, the time that it took to assemble a vehicle quickly decreased. Only a year after the introduction of the assembly line, workers were able to assemble a vehicle in only 90 minutes. Eventually, at the peak of production, a Ford Model T was being built every 24 seconds!

Ford's moving assembly line turns 100 years old which means that the way each one of our vehicle's is produced has 100 years work of knowledge and experience behind it. If you'd like to take a look for yourself and see how far Ford vehicles have come (in production, styling, and more) since 1913, come see us today at Delehanty Ford. We're located at 1510 E. Pierson Road, Flushing, MI 48433. Feel free to give us a call at (810) 659-5688 with any questions you may have. Family-owned and operated, Delehanty Ford has been serving the Greater Genesee County area for over 65 years with customer satisfaction as our top priority. Our sales and service departments are dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.

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