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Ford marks 100 years of the moving assembly line

DETROIT (WKZO) -- This Monday, Ford marked the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line. Ford's Bruce Hettle says that manufacturing has changed quite a bit in the past 100 years. In the beginning, it took Ford 12 hours to build a single Model T, and the advent of the moving assembly line changed that to 90 minutes.

The progress didn't just end there, though. Huttle tells us that, these days, you'll find robots doing much of the assembly line work that used to be handled by people with hyand tools.

Ford’s recent expansions in manufacturing and production have helped to retain 130 thousand jobs around the world and put the company on pace to produce six million vehicles in 2013. That's one vehicle every 60 seconds.