Happy Birthday Henry Ford!

Henry Ford
Source: Ford Photo Library

BOURBONNAIS, IL – Everyone here at Court Street Ford would like to wish a very Happy birthday to Henry Ford! July 30th marks the 150th anniversary of the birth for the namesake of Ford Motor Company. His impact on the transportation industry is being recognized across the country as well as worldwide. Events are being held in Romania, the United Kingdom, Germany and Asia Pacific markets just to name a few. These events are being held throughout 2013 so if you are in the area be sure to check it out!

Henry Ford made many accomplishments in his lifetime. One of the biggest accomplishments he made was introducing the Model T on October 1, 1908. Success of the Model T came from many aspects such as being simple to drive and easy to repair. Henry Ford made sure that there was plenty of Buzz around the introduction of the vehicle in Detroit and made sure that all newspapers ran stories and ads for the product. Just as you see Ford Motor Company today, creating Buzz.

Other notable accomplishments Henry Ford made in his lifetime include:

  • Moving assembly line: In 1913 Henry Ford introduced the first moving assembly line for cars. Within 18 months, the amount of time needed to build a Model T was reduced from 12 ½ man-hours to 1 ½ man-hours, ushering in the modern auto industry
  • $5 work day: To reduce high turnover rates among workers, Henry Ford more than doubled their pay in 1914, from $2.34 for a nine-hour day to $5 for an eight-hour day
  • Vertical integration: To improve quality, Henry Ford sought to own, operate and coordinate all the resources needed to produce complete automobiles. This principle, known as vertical integration, was put into practice in 1927 with the Model A

Henry Ford died on April 7, 1947, at 83. More than 50 years after his death, in 1999, Forbes magazine named him “Businessman of the Century,” and in 2012 a History Channel documentary highlighted him as one of “The Men Who Built America.”

“My great-grandfather’s vision was to improve people’s lives by making cars affordable for the average family,” said Bill Ford. “His vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today.”

Sources: media.ford.com | www.henryford150.com

The Henry Ford 150th Seals
Source: Ford Photo Library

About Court Street Ford

Located in Bourbonnais, IL, Court Street Ford is a full service FORD dealership. We offer new sales, pre-owned sales, service, collision repair, and finance. Our friendly, professional staff is here to answer your questions and help you make a confident, no-pressure decision! Whether you are a local customer, eBay customer, online customer or a combination of these, we are READY!

Our New inventory includes popular Ford models, such as the MUSTANG, C-MAX, FIESTA, FOCUS, FUSION, and F-SERIES PICKUP TRUCKS. Our pre-owned inventory includes most FORD models as well as other makes and models. Visit our pre-owned link at top to see what we currently have available. We will try our best to find the vehicle that you are interested in.

Commitment to customer care at Court Street Ford doesn’t stop with your vehicle purchase. Our Ford Service Department and Quick Lane are staffed with factory-trained technicians, ready to perform everything from regular maintenance to expert repairs. Our goal is to have the work done quickly and correctly with great service on every vehicle, every time. We service ALL makes and models and offer competitive prices!
You can find Court Street Ford on the internet via social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, eBay and YouTube. We also have a blog! So if your preference is to like, tweet, pin, follow, bid or watch, we participate in it all! If you would like to see a specific topic covered on our blog or Facebook page, let us know! We are located at 558 William Latham Drive Bourbonnais, IL and can be reached at (815)939-9600

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