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HENRY FORD AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION Most people think of Henry Ford as the man who invented the automobile but his influence on the American society was far greater and will last for all time Ford changed the face of the nation and set the stage for the entrepreneurs of today He helped develop the infrastructure for automobiles including roads and gas stations He set a minimum wage for his workers He shortened the workday And he created a successful assembly line for automobile mass production He helped to create this nations middle class and acted to allow the workingman to realize some dreams Ford was an autocrat but he believed firmly in the little guy In 1905 there were more than 50 companies each year trying to break into the automobile business most of them did not succeed1 Ford did He had financial backers who believed the way to maximize the companys profits was to build cars for the rich but Ford had another idea -- he believed the workers who built the cars should be able to afford to buy one themselves He thought those workers should be able to take their families out for a spin in their cars on Sunday afternoons Ford resisted his backers demands and followed his own beliefs and eventually just bought out his investors interests so he could run the company exactly as he thought it should be run That move made Ford the father of the 20th century American industry2 The Model T that rolled out of the plant in 1908 was called Everyman car it was elegant in simplicity and it was a dream for everyone Ford initiated industrial mass production in his auto plants but his interest was in mass consumption Ford said Mass production requires mass consumption which means higher wages3 His philosophy was simply this if everyone earned a decent wage and he produced more cars in less time for less money
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