The auto industry use to drive America’s economy. It stimulated growth and prosperity. Henry Ford’s goal of making the automobile affordable to all who made it, had become a reality. People could find jobs in places that were once unattainable. Those same principles launched us into the industrial revolution. Jobs were everywhere and soon the “Great Depression” was left in the rear-view mirror.
American Industry thought it was untouchable and became unimaginative. It took a big hit from others that were taking risks to produce more economical vehicles. Suddenly consumers discovered they had options. Huge plants and millions of jobs were idled. The “Rust Belt,” became part of our vocabulary. These empty auto plants stand as a reminder to listen to consumers and do whatever it takes to meet their demands.
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