The Ford Motor Company became part of the business world on June 16, 1903. On that day, Henry Ford and 11 other partners filed papers of incorporation at the State Capitol in Lansing Michigan. With only $28,000 in cash assets and an over abundance of faith and hope, Henry Ford and his associates started what has become today, one of the world's largest and most diverse global corporations.
Few other companies are as closely identified with the history of, or the development of America's industrialization, and no other company in America is as well known throughout the world.
At the time of its incorporation, the Ford Motor Company was a small 10 man operation with headquarters in a converted Detroit wagon factory. Today nearly a century later, the Ford Motor Company is the second-largest producer of cars and trucks in the world and is ranked second on the Fortune 500 list of the largest industrial corporations in the United States.
Worldwide, nearly 350,000 dedicated men and women go to work each day at a Ford Motor Company office, laboratory, or manufacturing facility. Ford products are sold globally through a network of approximately 10,500 dealers in 200 countries and territories. The Ford Motor Company also has an annual sales volume that exceed the gross national products of many of the world's other industrialized countries.
In Dearborn, Ford is a household word. Many of the Cities residents work directly for the Ford Motor Company or work for other companies that are located in what is referred to as "The Fairlane Development."
The Ford Motor Land Development Corporation has brought hundreds of new businesses into Dearborn with its 2,360 acre Fairlane Development project. Since 1970 Ford has helped to create thousands of new jobs and has added millions of dollars annually to the City of Dearborn's payroll.
To date, the Ford Motor Land Development Corporation has developed almost 90% of it's available property in Dearborn in a strategy that includes; leasing space, build-to-suit, and land sales.
Fairlane also includes the original farmlands around the birthplace and boyhood home of Henry Ford, as well as portions of Mr. Ford's Fairlane Estate.
The Beginning of the Tour
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