WASHINGTON, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FORD LAUNCHES ASSEMBLY LINE
Profile America — Thursday, April 13th. The American automobile industry began to take off this month in 1913 — as Henry Ford set up the first moving assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan. Before the assembly line, workers spent over 12 hours building a single Model T. Afterward, it took only 93 minutes. Ultimately, a new car came off the assembly line every 24 seconds, and 15 million were built over the years of production. Prices dropped too. In 1909, a basic Model T roadster cost $825 — by 1925, it was down to $260. Now, U.S. automakers — Ford still among them, of course — manufacture close to $125 billion worth of vehicles annually. Profile America is beginning its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Assembly line/accessed 2/8/2017: www.caranddriver.com/features/fords-assembly-line-turns-100-how-it-really-put-the-world-on-wheels-feature
Speed of production/accessed 2/8/2017: www.willamette.edu/~fthompso/MgmtCon/Henry_Ford.html
Model T prices/accessed 2/8/2017: auto.howstuffworks.com/1923-1927-ford-model-t5.htm
U.S. auto sales value: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2015/31GS101//naics~336111
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau