Ford Honored with WAPA Golden Gear Award

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150th Anniversary of the Birth of Company Founder Henry Ford

It’s hard to think of a manufacturing company, especially automotive, that has even survived 111 years, let alone innovate during all the years.

But the Ford Motor Company is one of those companies. Now, they’ve been rewarded for the success.

150th Anniversary of the Birth of Company Founder Henry Ford

The Washington Automotive Press Association, or WAPA, held their 30th anniversary gala recently and honored them with their Golden Gear Award.

This award celebrates the 111 year history of Ford and their engineering innovations both then and now.

Henry Ford Looking at V-8 engine

Jim Holland, vice president, Vehicle Components and Systems Engineering, had this to say about the award and the company’s continued innovation.

“Henry Ford left us with quite a legacy, and the Ford team continues driving innovation through every part of our business to improve people’s lives. This is what has always defined us as a company. Through innovation, we are changing the way the world moves.”

Mr. Ford’s innovations surely changed manufacturing forever. His company even spawned employees who went out and started their own automotive companies, forever changing the landscape.

Ford 100th Anniversary - Henry Ford

Even today his company is pushing the envelope, such as using aluminum prominently in the 2015 F-150, or pushing carbon fiber production in the Shelby GT350R.

Even at 111 years, they don’t show signs of slowing down. Sound off your thoughts in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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