Ten years after selling his first car, Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing by introducing the company’s first moving assembly line in 1913. That same year, Ford began manufacturing in Louisville becoming a major player in our city’s economy for the next 100 years.
GLI invites members of the business community and others for a centennial celebration on July 16 as it welcomes Ford VP James Tetreault from Detroit. At a special Business at Breakfast event, Tetreault will share what’s next for Ford Motor Company and American manufacturing.
Tetreault is vice president of North American Manufacturing and drives the company’s continued efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency by updating its facilities to accommodate a host of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. One such investment was the retooling of the Louisville Assembly Plant, where Ford invested more than $600 million to create one of its most modern facilities in the world. Tetreault will share how manufacturing has changed in the past 100 years and future trends for one of Louisville’s long-time signature industries.
Ford’s Louisville operations began in 1913, with the company producing 12 Model T’s a day. Now, a century later, it’s one of the community’s largest employers and economic engines, going from 17 employees at a plant on South Third Street to more than 8,500 workers at two Louisville facilities. As Business First recently reported, Ford just had its strongest June sales growth since 2006 with car sales up 12 percent, SUVs up 8 percent and trucks up 20 percent.
Business at Breakfast with James Tetreault will be on Tuesday, July 16 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
All GLI members are invited to attend. Registration for the event is $35 for members and $55 for non-members.
To register, visit: http://www.GreaterLouisville.com/Events