Friday, February 24, 2017
FEB 24 THE MOST PROLIFIC FACTORIES OF ALL TIME
In a world where people are constantly being divided by race, religion, orientation, political views, cola preferences, etc... It is comforting to know there is one item that will always unite our planet: Our love of iPhones! Incredibly, Apple sold its billionth iPhone two years ago, and will soon pass the two billion mark. Here's the crazy part: The billions of iPhones are all made at the same factory. Wow! History is being made in China. However, there have been numerous times in human history when a new product storms onto the market and mesmerizes the planet. Here are five such products and their amazing factories:
Foxconn Assembly Plant, Zhengzhou. Twenty years ago, the city of Zhengzhou was just like the others in Henan Province: impoverished. Then, the government in Beijing announced it was selected as a site for a new venture. A state-of-the-art factory was built along the polluted shores of the Yellow River. Today, they employ over 200,000 people who churn out 600,000 phones every day. To do this, Foxconn operates 100 assembly lines that work 24/7. The international company stays mum when asked questions about salaries, hours and working conditions.
Ford's Piquette Plant, Detroit. When this factory opened in 1908, there were less than 200,000 automobiles in the USA. The horse & buggy still ruled our roads. Then the Model T was born. Using an assembly line that only made one type of car (in one color: black), they managed to make a car for everyman. See, it cost just $2,000 ($18,000 in today's dollars) to purchase one. The automobile love story began. By 1924, it would produce 10,000 Model T's everyday. A short three years later, American tastes changed. Other companies sold cars painted different colors. The last Model T rolled off the assembly plant in 1927.