During his career, automotive pioneer Walter Flanders was considered a genius of production and management. He was one of the first men to develop the moving automotive assembly line in Detroit. In 1907he implemented production methods at the Ford Motor Company's Piquette Avenue Plant, which produced ten thousand cars in one year. Flanders left Ford in 1908 and with B.F. Everitt and W.E. Metzger formed the E-M-F Company in Detroit. Flanders led several automobile companies, including the Studebaker Company which purchased E-M-F in 1911. In 1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson called Flanders to Washington D.C. along with Henry Ford, William C. Durant, and John Dodge to determine how the automobile industry could assist in winning World War I. Flanders died in an automobile accident in 1923.
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