The Life of the Ford Corporation by Robbie Brustad

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  • Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company
    The Ford Motor Company was founded 1903 to produce a car that would compete with the Oldsmobile. (Ford foundation)
  • Ford Becomes President

    Ford Becomes President
    in 1906 Henry Ford buys out most of the shares and becomes president of the company.
  • The Model T Is Born

    The Model T Is Born
    Ford introduces the Model T, which became one of the most popular cars in the world. Production officially ended in May 1927 after total world production of 15,458,781. The were using the assembly line for production. (This information was provided by "Four-cylinder Model T Ford")
  • Assembly

    The first moving assembly line is used at The Highland Park plant in Michigan acording to the library of congress.
  • Jobs

    Ford begins offering $5 per day for eight-hour work days and 15,000 job seekers clamor for 3,000 jobs at the Model T Plant in Highland Park. The previous pay rate was $2.34 per day for nine hours.
  • 1 Million

    The ford companie makes 1 million cars in this year.
  • World At War

    When the United States entered the war in 1917, Ford's factories filled numerous government contracts for trucks, tanks, airplane motors, submarine chasers, and armaments, and he declared he would operate without profit. In fact, no profits were turned over to the government. (Library of Congress)
  • Model A

    The Ford Model A of 1927–1931 was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company after the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927, but not sold until December 2, it replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years acording to Luis Ubiñas.
  • The Family Vehicles

    the ford company continued its steady output and turned out some of the company's most famous products, including luxury Lincolns for the 1945 model year, followed by the famous "Woodie" station wagons of the late 1940s and the iconic two-seater Thunderbird of 1954. (Ford Motor Company)
  • Ford Suports

    Ford Suports
    The Ford Company became heavily involved in American defense production by 1941, notably at its huge Willow Run plant, where thousands of B-24 Liberator bombers were built.
  • Jeep

    Jeep
    Ford begins to produce general-purpose "jeeps" for the U.S. military and shifts completely to military production starting in Feb. 1942. Civilian production does not resume until July 1945. (World At War)
  • Fords Death

    Fords Death
    When Ford died in 1947, his holdings in Ford stock, estimated at $500 to $700 million, went to the Ford Foundation, which subsequently became the richest private foundation in the world. (Henry Ford: Automobile Industry Pioneer)
  • Shares

    Ford common stock goes on sale, with 10.2 million shares sold in the first day, representing 22 percent of the company. (Henry Ford: Automobile Industry Pioneer)
  • Mustang

    Ford Mustang is released Fords next big car.(Ford Motor Company)
  • Aston Matin Lagonda

    Ford buys 75 percent of Aston Martin Lagonda, Ltd. A foriegn car company.
  • BILLIONS

    Ford's worldwide earnings were $5.3 billion, the highest of any auto company to date
  • Jaguar

    Ford spends $2.5 billion to buy Jaguar Cars in 1989. (Ford Motor Company)
  • Mazda Motors

    Ford buys 50 percent of Mazda Motor Manufacturing and changes that company's name to AutoAlliance International (Ford Motor Company)
  • FFV

    Ford begins production of the Flexible-Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Taurus. FFVs can burn gasoline, ethanol or mixtures of the two. Despite the fact that there are an estimated 5 million FFVs, there are only about 500 ethanol fuel stations in the country. According to the law, if automakers produce FFVs, they can also produce more of other cars that consume more gas.
  • Dealerships in China

    Ford opens its first dealerships in China. Its brand sales in China increased 46 percent in 2005, though it still lags behind General Motors Corp. and Germany's Volkwagen AG in China. By the end of 2005, the number of Ford dealers in China totaled 150, up from 100 in 2004.
  • Taxis

    Ford sells the first taxicabs run on natural gas to New York City.
  • Recalls

    Ford Motor unilaterally recalls 13 million more tires and Bridgestone/Firestone dumps Ford as a customer, saying Ford was using the tire maker as a scapegoat to deflect attention from problems with the Ford Explorer. Federal investigators ultimately concluded that tire defects were the main cause of the rollovers.
  • Hybrids

    Ford's new gas-electric hybrid SUV, the Mercury Mariner, goes on sale. It costs $4,000 more than the gas-only version and has the endorsement of the Sierra Club.
  • Final Settlement of Bridgestone

    Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC agrees to pay Ford $240 million to help cover the costs of the tire recalls, which amounted to $2 billion.
  • Auto Workers Union

    The United Auto Workers agrees to a deal with Ford in which 99 cents an hour of any future wage increases will go towards a health-care fund. Insurance deductibles will rise by as much as 33 percent, and the costs for current retirees will also go up. The changes will save Ford about $650 million a year. (Ford's health-care bill for 2005 was $3.5 billion.)
  • Hardships in Ford

    Ford announces it will cut up to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 plants by the year 2012.
  • Chevrolet

    Ford loses market share for the 10th year in a row, and also loses its place as America's best-selling brand to GM's Chevrolet. Ford sold around 2.9 million vehicles in 2005 for a 17.4 percent market share — down from a market share of 18.3 percent in 2004 and of 24 percent in 1990.
  • Recognition

    As of 2008, 100 years after Ford Motor Company's Model T changed the world by making personal transportation affordable, the Tin Lizzie is still regarded as a major influence in human history.
  • Global Product Development System Defines Ford

    In January 2008, Ford Motor Company was a company in transition. It had numerous brands, models and vehicle platforms. Its operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific bore little resemblance to one another. Each had their own unique product development systems, manufacturing processes and suppliers.
  • Newest Ford Production

    Newest Ford Production
    The all-new 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the result of a global PD program bringing together Ford’s best engineers and technology to create a 41 highway mpg per gallon costing (on their site) $28,600 (Ford Motor Company)
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    Ford Expands its Companie Over the rest of the world

    The Forld Comany Over this time span spreads its reaches over france in 1916, England 1908, and Indonesia in 1913 and much more.
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    Explorers

    Ford introduces the Explorer sport utility vehicle. Though the Explorer is the nation's best-selling SUV model, sales hit a 15-year low in Nov. 2005 and fell 29 percent for 2005.