This Week In History: Wk 24 (16 June 1903)
Henry Ford Founds The Ford Motor Company
Henry Ford founds a company that will revolutionize industrial production methods.
In 1903, Henry Ford and 11 business associates signed the Ford Motor Company's articles of incorporation. Established with just $28,000, the company sold its first car, a "Model A Ford", a month later to a doctor in Detroit. In 1913, the company developed a new production method called the "assembly line". It had each worker staying in one place and performing the same task on each car as it passed by. This revolutionary new production method greatly improved efficiency and was soon being used in factories around the world.
found (verb): create or start something new
revolutionize (verb): change (something) completely and fundamentally
industrial production (noun): the making or manufacture of things on a large scale
business associate (noun): a person who is connected to another in a certain line of work
assembly line (noun): line of people doing parts of a job to make a finished product
efficiency (noun): how well something works
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey