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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 30

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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TUESDAY, JULY 30: DRIVING FORCE

Profile America — Tuesday, July 30th. On this date 150 years ago, Henry Ford was born in Dearborn, Michigan to a farming family.  But his life's course led him to revolutionize industrial production the world over.  He built his first automobile in 1896, and in 1908, introduced the Model T, an immediate success.  To meet demand, Ford developed the assembly line, which cut the time to build each car from over 12 hours to just 90 minutes. At one point, half of all the cars in America were Model Ts — all of them painted black — which sold for as little as $300. Today, the average cost of a new car at one of the nation's nearly 18,000 dealerships is just over $26,000. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  http://ford.com/our-company/heritage
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1057, 1058

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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