Henry Ford's Influence In The Automobile Industry

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What would the automobile industry be like today if Henry Ford’s influence was not present during the 1900s? He always had a distinct ardor for all things machines, at the young age of 16, Ford actually went against his father’s wishes and left his family farm to become an apprentice in a machine shop located in Detroit where he got a lot of his inspiration from. Later on at the age of 19, he started working a part-time job at the Westinghouse Engine Company. Henry Ford used his passion for machines to come up with brilliant ideas and concepts that sparked change all over the world. The American Dream was markedly impacted by Ford’s creation of the Model T. One of his main priorities during his starting days in the automotive industry, was…show more content…
Henry Ford was always ready to find new methods and ideas to help improve the Ford Motor Company. “He was willing to play around with new ideas, to listen to others, to mess around imaginatively” (Frost). Ford wanted to improve his cars in any way he could so he was always willing to try new and creative things to better his models. Satisfying his customers was one of his key priorities when he was working in the automobile industry. Not only did Ford affect the production aspect of his business but he was also the first person to raise the minimum wage of his workers. “One of Ford’s most astonishing moves, to combat high turnover and absenteeism caused by assembly line monotony, was to double the minimum daily wage to $5 and cut daily working hours from nine to eight” (Davis). He valued his workers since they were the ones who made his business possible in the first place. Other companies were not very keen on the idea of paying their workers more money for less hours, but eventually many other companies caught on and they started paying their workers more many for their services. Even companies outside of automotive industry were intrigued by Ford’s
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