June 16, 1903 – Ford Motor Company Incorporates

It was on this day in 1903 that Ford Motor Company became incorporated. At approximately 9:30 am in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford and 12 stockholders met to sign the paperwork necessary to form a new corporation. The documents were notarized and sent to the office of the Michigan secretary of state. The documents were dated June 16, 1903, however they were not received until the next day, which is when the company was legally incorporated. Henry Ford and his car company would go on to create affordable, reliable, mass produced automobiles that effectively changed the United States and many other parts of the world throughout the early 20th century. The Model T was introduced in 1908, the moving assembly line for automobile production just five years later. In 1914 Ford began paying factory workers $5 per eight hour work day, an outstanding sum in those days, as it was a bump up from $2.34 for a nine hour day. Each of these accomplishments altered the future of America forever in terms of transportation and labor standards. So wish Ford a happy birthday and be sure to share your favorite Ford memory in the comments! PhotosCurrent Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mi. Known as the Glasshouse and built in 1956 By Dave Parker – Own work, CC BY 3.0,Henry Ford in c. 19191903 Ford logo

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