The Ford Motor Company the world's fifth largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. Based in Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford's legacy continues with Ford family's William Clay Ford, Jr serving as Board Chairman.
Ford Motor Company History
Credit: Wikipedia Creative CommonsWay back on June 16, 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated, with 12 investors owning a total of 1000 shares. When the total stock ownership was tabulated, shares in the company were: Henry Ford (255 shares), Alexander Y. Malcomson (255 shares),John S. Gray (105 shares), John W. Anderson (50 shares), Horace Rackham (50 shares), Horace E. Dodge (50 shares), John F. Dodge (50 shares), Charles T. Bennett (50 shares), Vernon C. Fry (50 shares), Albert Strelow (50 shares), James Couzens (25 shares), and Charles J. Woodall (10 shares). The Ford Motor Company was launched in a converted factory in with $28,000 in cash from these twelve investors, Ford's carried equity, and forgiveness of debt for shares to the Dodges who were parts suppliers.
Henry Ford was 40 years old when he founded the Ford Motor Company, after several unsuccessful runs at starting an automobile company. He had learned his lessons well because Ford Motor Company was immediately profitable scoring an astonishing profit of almost $37,000 by October 1, 1903. A dividend of 10% was paid that October, an additional dividend of 20% at the beginning of 1904, and another 68% in June 1904. Two dividends of 100% each in June and July 1905 brought the total investor profits to nearly 300% in just over 2 years. Just two years after founding, 1905 total profits were almost $300,000.
Ford is most famous for applying the assembly line to large-scale industrial production.
The company survived the Great Depression and eventually become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. Today Ford Motor is the largest family controlled company in the world, with the Ford family holding effective continuous control for over 100 years.
In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles worldwide and employed about 213,000 employees across around 90 plants and facilities worldwide. Ford is the eighth-ranked overall American-based company in the 2010 Fortune 500 list, with reported global revenues in 2009 of $118.3 billion. During the automotive crisis, Ford's worldwide unit volume dropped to 4.817 million in 2009.
However, Ford has come through the crisis strong with a 2010 net profit of $6.6 billion. The company reduced its debt from $33.6 billion to $14.5 billion lowering interest payments by $1 billion following its 2009 net profit of $2.7 billion.
Ford enthusiasts are often fiercely loyal to their favorite company, and this has created a big market for Ford Motor Company collectables.
A new or vintage automobile would be the ultimate Ford gift, but if you are looking for something smaller that does not come off the car lot, here are some interesting options.
High Quality Ford Die-cast Cars
Ford has built so many iconic cars that thousands of great models are available to collectors. Would a 1929 Model A in bright red not look great on your Ford lover's desk? The is a huge selection of die-cast cars available online. This Model A in 1:24 scale is only $17 over at Amazon.
There is plenty of Ford branded clothing available on sites like Amazon, but here is one of the cooler looking jackets out there. Your Ford enthusiast will never be missed in this 100% cotton heavy brushed twill uniform jacket with shoulder pads, satin lining, and hidden stainless steel snaps. The racing jackets have all the licensed direct embroidered Ford and other logos on the front, back and sleeves. Official Licensed Product of JH Design. Also available in black.
The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations that Shaped the World
This hardcover coffee table style book by Russ Banham is highly collectible and one of a number of books written to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the company. It contains more than five hundred full-color and archival images plus a thoroughly researched text, and many special features.
This hundredth anniversary book is a fascinating, highly visual look into the history of an American icon—a company with a household name that has been a part of the fabric of our nation's history. Ford's story is one of inventions, personalities, legendary vehicles, setbacks, and successes, all intertwined with the most challenging and innovative century in American history.
The Ford Century was published back in 2002 but is available in new condition collectible condition on Amazon for around $100 a copy.
Perhaps one of the coolest gifts is the Ford Motor Company itself. You can give an actual registered share of Ford stock to your loved one. The single shares have the owner's name listed and are signed by company officers. The shares can be framed in a variety of styles, and if you want a little custom plaque can be added below the certificate.
Stock is the gift that keeps on giving. As a registered shareholder, your Ford enthusiast will get Annual Company Reports and dividend checks quarterly (when dividends are declared). They can vote on company business by mail, online or even attend the annual general meeting and see Ford executives speak.
Also as a registered shareholder of the company they can join the dividend reinvestment and stock purchase program which is a good way to increase their stock holdings. OneShare sells Ford Motor Company single shares for the market value of the actual share, a transfer fee, and the frame, plaque and shipping cost.
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