Ford Factory Assembly Line Workers inside the Ford Motor Industry Email List Company factory at Dearborn, Michigan, 1928. Hulton Archives/Getty Images In 1914, Ford began paying his employees $5 a day, nearly doubling the wages offered by other Industry Email List manufacturers. He cut the workday from nine to eight hours in order to convert the factory to a three-shift workday. Ford's mass-production techniques would eventually allow for the Industry Email List manufacture of a Model T every 24 seconds. His innovations made him an international celebrity. By 1926, faltering sales of the Model T finally convinced Ford a new model was needed.
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