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Ford celebrates 100th anniversary of moving assembly line

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WAYNE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Ford celebrates the 100th anniversary of when Henry Ford created the first moving assembly line on October 7, 2013.

"When you have great innovations, you're able to build upon those great innovations, and we continue to grow and build off those innovations today," says Phillip Calhoun, the site manager at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.  

The plant relies on assembly lines to make various models of the Ford Focus and C-MAX. What used to take hours to produce, if not days, can now be done in minutes.

"We were one of the first plants in the world that was able to produce a gas-powered vehicle, an electric plug-in vehicle and hybrid of the same assembly line. So we continue to evolve and we continue to innovate, and that was the principal that Henry Ford had when he came up with the moving assembly line," Calhoun says.

"A lot of technology keeps increasing in the assembly lines so I think you're going to see more and more efficiency and the cost of cars will come down because of it," says Paul Susalla of Ford Rapid Manufacturing.

Ford plans to add new plants all over the world in the years to come and improve the efficiency of its assembly lines.

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