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One of the most influential men in American history, Henry Ford, was born to a wealthy family in Dearborn, Michigan, but like all kids, was resigned to doing chores (like farm work). Young Henry expressed his love for mechanics early, and as soon as he could leave home he began taking jobs at machinist shops, on steam engines, and later, with the Edison Illuminating Company. Once he scored a big promotion, Ford began exploring his own inventions, particularly on the concept of combustion engines. He built his quadricycle in 1896, and with enough money to invest, opened his own automotive company and factory in 1903. The Ford Motor Company revolutionized America not only with the Ford Model T, but also with Henry’s groundbreaking strategies in manufacturing, including interchangeable parts, division of labor, and the vital moving assembly line. Ford died in his family’s Dearborn home, Fair Lane, in April of 1947.
An assembly line allows products to be made faster, and lowers their cost. Why do you think that is?