Introduction The 1900s, a remarkable year when William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson made history by revealing to the public the first production of Harley Davidson motorcycle. In the year 1901, William S. Harley, sketched several plans for a small engine with a displacement of 116 cc and 102 mm flywheels. This engine was designed to fit in a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson worked on their motor-bicycle. It was completed in the year 1903 with the help of Arthur's brother, Walter Davidson.
In the same year Ford founded the Detroit Automobile Company. Within 3 years Ford had built an improved, more reliable Quadricycle, using a four-cylinder, 36 horsepower-racing engine. In 1901 his car beat what was then the world's fastest automobile in a race before a crowd of eight thousand people in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The publicity he received for this victory allowed Ford to finance a practical laboratory for refining his auto ideas. In 1903 Ford launched his own car company, The Ford Motor Car Company, and by January 1904 he had sold 658 vehicles.
In 1908 he designed the Model T. Almost 17 million cars were produced worldwide before the model was discontinued and a new design, the Model A was created to meet growing competition. The Ford Company had been highly publicized for paying wages considerably above the average. The Ford Company began in 1914 the year Henry created a sensation by announcing that in future his workers would receive $5 for an 8-hr day a profit sharing plan that would distribute up to $30 million annually among his employees. In 1915, in an effort to end World War I, he headed a privately sponsored peace expedition to Europe that failed dismally. After the American entry into the war he was a leading producer of ambulances, airplanes, munitions, tanks, and submarine chasers.
Harley built its first building in 1907 on Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee. That same year, 150 motorcycles were produced. As they were used for recreational purposes, they were also used in military situations. They proved useful in border skirmishes and the government called for 20,000 bikes to be shipped overseas. Following the war, other companies tried to enter the market, but Harley remained the largest.
Introduction Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG, HDI formerly) is one among the top heavyweight motorcycle manufacturers worldwide. It manufactures heavy motorcycles and is US-based (Milwaukee, Wisconsin to be exact). Harley-Davidson is a parent company of a group of companies – inclusive of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company (HDMC) and Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS). The company makes sales of over 750cc class motorcycles made for cruising on highways; it offers over 30 models of motorcycles for touring alongside custom-made Harleys via a network spread across the world comprising over 1,600 dealers across 6 continents. The company’s motorcycles are uniquely designed – their designs along with exhaust notes are distinct.
Harley-Davidson rapidly grew to the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world by early 1920s, with 2,000 dealers in 67 different countries. By the 1930s all of the American competition was gone. Harley-Davidson suspended production of civilian motorcycles during World War II, and only built motorcycles for the military, exclusively. When the war was over, Harley-Davidson converted back to civilian production. Harley-Davidson's growth was fueled by acquisitions as well as capitalizing on new technologies.
Then he made his way into automobile racing for Fred Deusenburg. He raced three times in the Indy 500; he broke the speed record of 134 mph in a Blitzen Benz. He made $40,000 dollars a year which made him one of the most successful race car drivers of all time. Rickenbacker entered pilot training when he was 27, he was made engineering officer and soon after that he moved to the front. After, the war he wrote a autobiography.
But, its history has never been so easy. Indeed, after 50 years of growth destroying the local competition in the US, Harley has known almost 20 years of hard competition in his market, and especially with Honda. And seeing a deterioration of its market share (only 30%), Harley has decided to abandon overseas markets. 1969 saw Harley-Davidson merge with the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF). The merger would last until 1981, when 13 senior executives from Harley Davidson buy back the company.
Henry Ford Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, near Dearborn, Michigan. Henry Ford create the Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which transformed the industry. As a result, Ford sold millions of cars and became a famous company (http://www.biography.com/people/henry-ford-9298747). When Henry Ford was young, he was born on his family’s farm in Wayne County, near Dearborn, Michigan. When he was twelve, his mother died during childbirth.
This enabled the price to be decreased to $260. (Willamette 2). However, Ford never gave up on the Model T even when he should have because the car’s popularity was disappearing (Iacocca 2). In 1919 Ford turned the company over to his son Edsel until he died and Ford once again took over the company until he was forced to retire because of old age (Salhman 3). He died two years later on Apr... ... middle of paper ... ...out of it.