Henry Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100

Download Audio

Ford Motor Company marks the 100th anniversary of the assembly line.

The Model T went into production in 1909, and at first, Henry Ford tied the cars together by rope and yanked them down the assembly line.

But by October 1913, the rope was replaced by a conveyor belt, and gave way to, as Paul Eisenstein writes, an assembly line much like the ones we see today.

Ford installed the first rudimentary line at the Highland Park Assembly Plant in October, 1913 in Michigan.

Eisenstein also says that Ford's assembly line has influenced far more than just the production of goods.

"Even if you get something that wasn't produced on an assembly line, the simple fact that you can afford to buy it comes out because of the changes to our society, the creation of a middle class, created by the automotive assembly line," Eisenstein told Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti.


This segment aired on October 16, 2013.


More from Here & Now

Listen Live