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Ford motor factory to be built in Cork
Assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Ford motor factory to be built in Cork

Cork, 8 March 1917 - Henry Ford has received permission to expand his business in Cork to produce low price farm tractors.

The move has drawn heavy criticism from a British trade magazine, Motor Traction, which says it is unfair to allow a foreign company set up without domestic competition. The magazine further complains that the fact that British motor companies are all invariably engaged in producing munitions for the war will give the Ford Tractor Company an unfair head start.

A Ford tractor c 1917 (Image: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)

The Cork factory is expected to produce 50,000 tractors per annum. It is speculated that the company in Cork will ultimately produce the type of light car that has proven so successful in America. Attempts by British manufacturers to produce such a car have so far proved unsuccessful.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.