April 1, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford’s U.S. Sales Up 43 Percent in March; New Products with Industry-Leading Quality and Fuel Efficiency Net 1Q Sales Increase of 37 Percent and Share Gains
  • Lincoln Introduces First Hybrid; New MKZ Hybrid to be Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Sedan in America
  • Ford, Microsoft Team Up to Help Electric Vehicle Owners Recharge More Effectively, Affordably
  • Ford Reaches Agreement to Sell Volvo Cars and Related Assets to Geely; Sale Expected to Close in Third Quarter
  • Ford Transit Connect: Perfect 'Addition to the Family' for 'Mom and Pop' Businesses
  • Powershift Transmission Production Begins, Driving Ford Small Car Fuel Economy Leadership
  • Ford Capturing More New Customers
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) Ford's Mulally, Netflix's Hastings Join Barron's Top CEO List

 

Announcements
New York International Auto Show Logo
At the New York International Auto Show this week, Ford unveiled its new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and made a joint announcement with Microsoft to introduce Hohm™, an Internet-based energy management application for Ford’s upcoming electric vehicles.

If you missed the live webcast, click here to watch the replay.


Savings Plan Administration Change – FAQs Available
The transition of the savings plan administration from Fidelity to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc (ACS) occurred Jan. 5, 2010. We have developed a list of answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employees and retirees. We hope you take a moment to view them on @Ford Online (http://www.at.ford.com/).

If you are a Salaried Retiree, click here to view the recent FAQs. If you are a Hourly Retiree click here to view the recent FAQs.

To visit the savings plan Web site, go to: http://www.myfordbenefits.com/ and follow the instructions to log in.


Red Cross Logo
Ford Motor Company American Red Cross Online Donation Site
Please join in the Ford Motor Company Giving Campaign to support the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those in crisis following the earthquake in Haiti. Ford will be matching employee and retiree donations up to a total of $50,000.

Click here to donate.

 

Top Stories
Ford Fiesta
Ford's U.S. Sales Up 43 Percent in March; New Products with Industry-Leading Quality and Fuel Efficiency Net 1Q Sales Increase of 37 Percent and Share Gains
Ford punctuated a strong first quarter with a 43 percent sales increase in March. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealers delivered 178,546 new vehicles in March. First quarter sales totaled 428,596, up 37 percent. The 43 percent gain matches a similar increase in February. These are the highest monthly sales increases since February 1984.

In March, Ford gained retail market share for the 17th time in the last 18 months. New or significantly upgraded U.S. vehicles this year include the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Edge and Edge Sport, Explorer, F-Series Super Duty, Transit Connect Electric, Lincoln MKX crossover and the brand's first luxury hybrid vehicle, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid midsize sedan.

In addition, the company is introducing nine new or upgraded fuel-efficient engines and six new transmissions this year. These include the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, new Mustang V-6 and V-8, new Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel and 6.2-liter gasoline engines.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln Introduces First Hybrid; New MKZ Hybrid to be Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Sedan in America
Lincoln introduced its first hybrid – the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – a premium midsize car poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

Ford Motor Company – America's largest domestic hybrid seller – is further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The vehicle was revealed at the New York International Auto Show.

The new premium midsize sedan hybrid joins Ford's growing lineup of hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year and America's most fuel-efficient sedan – plus the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Milan and Mariner Hybrids. Lincoln's first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford and Microsoft Help Electric Vehicle Owners
Ford, Microsoft Team Up to Help Electric Vehicle Owners Recharge More Effectively, Affordably
Ford and Microsoft Corp. are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future by announcing a new solution that will make electric vehicle ownership easier and more affordable for consumers.

The two companies are teaming up to implement the Microsoft Hohm™ energy management application for Ford’s electric vehicles. Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the Focus Electric next year.

Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. It also should help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electric grid.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Reaches Agreement to Sell Volvo Cars and Related Assets to Geely; Sale Expected to Close in Third Quarter
Ford announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Volvo Car Corporation and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited.

The sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

The purchase price for Volvo Cars and related assets (primarily intellectual property) is $1.8 billion (U.S.), which will be paid in the form of a note in the amount of $200 million (U.S.), and the remainder in cash. The cash portion of the purchase price will be adjusted at close for customary purchase price adjustments relating to pension deficits, debt, cash and working capital, the net effect of which could be a significant decrease in the cash proceeds to Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect: Perfect 'Addition to the Family' for 'Mom and Pop' Businesses
For a growing number of "mom and pop" businesses across the country, the Ford Transit Connect is proving to be the perfect addition to the family. Since its U.S. introduction late last summer, small businesses have added more than 13,000 units to their daily operations.

Now today, as small business owners recognize "National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day," Ford is taking its popular fuel-efficient commercial van directly to many of their front doors.

Running through mid-May, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect Tour is offering individual test drives to business owners in 18 cities. The compact commercial van is also stopping at local Chambers of Commerce meetings and industry trade shows. Business owners can request a front-door test drive at www.fordvehicles.com/transitconnect.

To read the full article, click here.

Production of New PowerShift Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission
Powershift Transmission Production Begins, Driving Ford Small Car Fuel Economy Leadership
Helping deliver on Ford's commitment to class-leading fuel economy and exceptional driving quality, production launched of the PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission for the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

The new dual-clutch automatic – the first six-speed transmission in the segment – will help the stylish Fiesta to deliver an expected best-in-class fuel economy rating of at least 40 mpg on the highway with the convenience of fully automatic shifting.

The PowerShift automatic is produced for Ford by GETRAG Americas, a joint venture between the GETRAG Group and GETRAG FORD Transmissions. The transmission is built at a new facility in Irapuato, Mexico. The assembly plant was designed and constructed specifically for Ford transmission needs in North America and will also supply PowerShift units for the new Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Capturing More New Customers
Customers are increasingly leaving other brands for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products. New data show the rate of competitive-brand vehicles traded for a Ford-brand car or truck increased 18 percent from the 2005 to 2009 model year.

The conquest rate for Lincoln vehicles rose 61 percent during the same period, while Mercury was up 12 percent.

The Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKX, showed strong results in the recent study. The company's hybrid models attracted the highest number of buyers from competing brands.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Julius Marchwicki

Julius Marchwicki
SYNC Project Manager
Ford Motor Company

Ford SYNC® reached another milestone earlier this month when the popular voice-controlled communications and infotainment system was installed on the two-millionth Ford Motor Company vehicle. Among Ford customers who have SYNC on their vehicles – and use its voice command features – 87 percent are satisfied with how the system operates, and 88 percent would recommend the purchase of a vehicle with SYNC to others. As part of Ford's continuing effort to engage customers, SYNC Product Manager Julius Marchwicki was made available recently for a live chat on thefordstory.com. Below are excerpts from that exchange.

Q: How are you dealing with increasing policy concerns over distracted driving?
A: Distracted driving is a growing concern for Ford. Remember, Ford is the first auto manufacturer to support a ban on manual text messaging while driving. We believe the solution is using your voice to control your devices inside the car. With our product, you can use voice to make calls, access songs on your MP3 player, get directions and soon, control smartphone apps. We do a lot of research around our design and function of displays, and we lock out many features, such as typing in a street address, while you're driving.

Q: Is Ford planning to allow the average developer to write and sell apps for Ford vehicles that are run from SYNC or similar computing capabilities in the vehicle, like people can do now for iPhone, Android, and the like?
A: We're working under a trusted developer model right now, with companies like Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak. Down the road, we envision being able to open our software development kit to all developers. I'm not sure on the timing for all developers, but look for SYNC-enabled apps from the companies above to come very soon.

Q: Can you talk a bit about what you see as the future of voice-activated navigation/communication?
A: I think we'll start to see a lot more "one-shot" destination entry, which is a feature of the map-based navigation function in MyFord Touch. In the vehicle, voice will be able to control everything, and with MyFord and SYNC, you can control your climate control system, entertainment functions, phone and navigation all with your voice.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Brazil Wins Lotus Award as Brand of the Year and Semi-Light Truck of the Year
Ford Brazil once again won the Lotus Award in two categories, "Brand of the Year in Semi-Heavy Trucks" and "Semi-Light Truck of the Year," for the leading sales of the F-350 in 2009. The model, available in two versions, with simple or double cabin, was the most sold in the segment from 2.5 to 6 tons, with 2,412 units in the wholesale market.

The Lotus Award is one of the most important recognition of the Brazilian commercial vehicles, by faithfully reflecting the customers' preference in different segments. The category of semi-light trucks was created by the National Automobile Manufacturers Association (ANFAVEA) in 2001 and in the following year became part of the award.

Since then, Ford has been the most successful, with six trophies for "Truck of the Year" and five for "Brand of the Year."

To read the full article, click here.

Focus RS500
Focus RS500 – The Ultimate Performance Ford
A new and powerful limited edition Focus RS model, called the RS500, is being launched as the ultimate performance Ford and will provide the definitive driving experience for serious performance car enthusiasts.

Making its global debut at the 2010 Leipzig Motor Show in Germany on April 9, the new model has been given the RS500 designation to highlight its strictly-limited production run of 500 individually-numbered vehicles, all of which will be offered for customers to purchase.

The new Focus RS500 features a muscular 350 PS 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine, which generates 15 per cent more power than the standard Focus RS and delivers truly exhilarating performance.

To read the full article, click here.

Mark Ovenden, president and managing director Ford of Russia
Ford Wins Two COTY Awards in Russia
Two Ford models have received Russian Car of the Year awards. Ford models gained seven nominations, with the Transit Connect being voted the best among small commercial vehicle and the Ranger named as the country's best pickup.

Russia's Car of the Year awards are based on the opinions of around one and half a million people on which are the best vehicles in each segment.

To read the full article, click here.

Celebrating 500,000th Focus Model Built
Focus Production in China Hits Half-Million Mark
There was nothing particularly remarkable about the silver, 1.8-litre, four-door Ford Focus sedan that rolled off the assembly line at Ford's plant in Chongqing, and yet this vehicle brought broad smiles to the faces of all Ford employees across China.

What made the sedan significant was that it was the 500,000th Focus model built by Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Company (CFMA) since the vehicle's introduction to the China market in September 2005.

The Focus has been a key driver of Ford's sales in the China market, and its popularity among Chinese consumers is growing. In January 2010, Focus saw its best-ever sales in the market of 17,151 units – up 78 percent year over year – followed by its best-ever February sales last month.

To read the full article, click here.

Celebrating 500,000th Focus Model Built
MyFord.es – An Exclusive Portal for Ford Owners
With an exclusive portal just for Ford owners and enthusiasts, Ford of Spain is set to transform customers' online experience of the Company. Ford customers need to know about owning, driving, and caring for their Ford vehicles.

New clients receive a leaflet with all relevant information to register at MyFord.es in a quick, free process. Once registered, he or she will have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a wide array of personalized information. It also is a convenient way to manage all of the vehicle's important information. Features include recommended maintenance schedules based on vehicle mileage, safety tips, personalized special offers and incentives, insider news, events, and much more.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford's Mulally, Netflix's Hastings Join Barron's Top CEO List
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally and Netflix Inc. Chairman and co-founder Reed Hastings are among the new names added to Barron's list of the 30 most respected chief executive officers worldwide. To read the full article, click here.

Mazda and Toyota Agree to Hybrid Technology License
(Car Advice) Mazda has reached a landmark agreement with Toyota to utilise the hybrid technology used in the Toyota Prius under license for its own new fleet of hybrid vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Donald N. Frey, Designer of the Mustang, Dies at 86
(New York Times) Donald N. Frey, the engineer who spearheaded the design and development of the Mustang, the spunky, stylish, affordably priced "pony car" that the Ford Motor Company rolled out in the mid-1960s in one of the most successful car introductions in automotive history, died March 5 in Evanston, Ill., where he lived. He was 86. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler May Sell Next 300 Before Charger
(Detroit Free Press) To satisfy dealers starving for new products, Chrysler may bring the 2011 Chrysler 300 to market ahead of a new Dodge Charger before the end of 2010, according to people familiar with the discussion. To read the full article, click here.

GM Builds First Chevy Volt, Says Production Line Practice Run OK
(USA Today) General Motors is to finish building the first Chevrolet Volt battery car using production tooling today, at the Hamtramck, Mich., factory that will begin regular production of the radical electric car in November. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Exec Says March Sales Show Consumer Is Back
(CNBC) Consumer confidence is coming back, John Mendel, executive vice president of auto sales at Honda Motor told CNBC on Tuesday. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Undercuts Mitsubishi Rival with $40,600 Electric Car
(Bloomberg) Nissan Motor Co., aiming to be the world’s biggest seller of electric vehicles, will sell its battery-powered Leaf car from 3.76 million yen ($40,600) in Japan before government subsidies, less than Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s 4.6 million yen all-electric i-MiEV. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Sales Rise 40 Percent in March on Incentives
(ABC News) A top Toyota executive says U.S. sales surged 40 percent in March, powered by some of its deepest discounts ever in the wake of millions of recalls. To read the full article, click here.

Infiniti QX Makes Huge Debut at New York Auto Show
(USA Today) Bigger. More powerful. Slightly better fuel economy. Cleaner lines. That pretty much sums up the new 2011 Infiniti QX, one very big SUV that goes on sale this summer. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some Web sites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, one plan, one goal … ONE Ford.

 

Special Information
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

The FERA desk handles discount tickets for Cedar Point, Kings Island, the North American International Auto Show, the Michigan Renaissance Festival and other events; the desk also has the Entertainment Book and Golf Michigan Play Books.

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 800-248-4444 or e-mail NESC@ford.com.

 

Special Offers
We're pleased to announce that we've added a Special Offers section to the Blue Oval Connect newsletter.

Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

This Week's Specials…

DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.

Click here for more information.

WellsFargo
Wells Fargo
Advantage Funds

As a retiree of Ford Motor Company, you have access to a dedicated team of specialists who can help you buy, build, or refinance your way to a future of home-centered financial security. Click here for more information.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10% off on your window and door replacement project.

To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

Target
Target

Save 10 percent off at Target.com.

Target has everything from furniture and home decor to clothing and the latest electronics. Get ready for the biggest sale of the season with spring just around the corner. Click here to begin shopping.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting Discount Marketplace, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on the second Tuesday in April at the Ford Regional office. If you would like further information about the meeting or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympaticao.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at the Oakville Golf and Country Club for lunch. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
We're pleased to invite everyone to our next luncheon occuring on Wednesday, March 24.
If you are a retired salaried Ford employee in the Kansas City area and would like to join our club, we welcome you. We have great food, select common topic of interest to present to the membership and social time filled with laughter and smiles as we greet old friends and coworkers. If this interests you or if you would like more information, contact Johnny Caldwell at JONCAL@swbell.net.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Riverview, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Highlands Golf Course (15015 Sibley Rd – east of I-75, between Allen Road & Fort St). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

April 14:
Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees (University Park, Fla.)

The next general membership meeting will start at 10 a.m. at Starbucks (5485 University Parkway). If you would like further information about the meeting or the Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees, please contact Den Ras at MANATEE-SARASOTAFORDRETIREES@hotmail.com.

April 14:
Dearborn/Allen Park Retired Ford Cafeteria Employees (Dearborn, Mich.)

The retirees of Ford Motor Company that have worked in the cafeterias in the Dearborn/Allen Park area are going to meet at Liberati's (6451 Miller Road) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@aol.com.

May 26:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon (Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club meets 3-4 times a year for luncheons, which are held at the German American Cultural Center (7370 Columbia Road). There is a $10 fee and they require a reservation, which must be received two weeks before the event. To reserve, send checks made to the Ford Salary Retiree Club at the following address: P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

August 27 - 28:
Chicago Stamping Reunion (Wildersville, Tenn.)

This year's Chicago Stamping Reunion will be held at Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Road). For more information, contact (Ace) Dempsay at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net or call 931-260-0427.

 

Calendar Ahead
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
April 6 - June 18:
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

Starting on April 6 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., a series of planetarium shows will take place at either the Henry Ford Community College Planetarium (5101 Evergreen Rd.) in room S-126 inside the Science building, or the University of Michigan-Dearborn Observatory (4901 Evergreen Rd.) on the third floor of the Science Learning and Research Center. Click here for the Spring 2010 Planetarium & UMD Observatory Schedule. For more information, contact Ken Anderson at 313-805-4600 or KANDERS2@ford.com.

Industry Sings Presents
April 18:
Industry Sings Presents (Redford, Mich.)

Industry Sings presents its 53rd Annual Concert. It will be held at Thurston High School (26255 Schoolcraft) at 4:00 p.m. Free admission! Featured performances are the DTE Singers, Ford Motor Company Chorus and Gentlemen Songsters with special guests, including American Liberty Pop Singers and Livonia Civic Chorus. For more information about this event, including a map, click here or call 734-968-9358.

May 30 - 31:
SAAC-MCR 35th annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (show and swap meet) will take place at Ford World Headquarters SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ("Go" track event) will take place at the Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, MI). For more information, click to http://www.saac-mcr.net/ or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net

Falcon Club
July 15 – 17:
Falcon Club of America 2010 National Convention (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Falcon Club of America is hosting the 2010 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Because the 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, the club anticipates over 400 Falcons and their owners to attend from all over the United States and Canada. Please visit fca2010detroit.webs.com for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at JOANAL@wideopenwest.com.

 


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