June 4, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Expects Sales Increase and Potential Share Gains in May
  • Ford Continues to Lead Vehicle Sales in Canada; May Sales Up 19 Percent
  • Ford Improves SYNC 911 Assist with GPS Location Awareness for Fact Response; No Fees Attached
  • Stimulus for Your Van: Ford Plans Free Chargers for Some Transit Connect Electrics
  • Changan Ford Reports May Sales of 23,742 - 16th Consecutive Month of Growth
  • Outside Voices: (Autoblog) Mercury: It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times

 

 

Top Stories
Ford Oval
Ford Expects Sales Increase and Potential Share Gains in May
Ford U.S. Sales Analysis Manager George Pipas stopped short of saying that the company's May sales will exceed a 20-percent increase for a sixth consecutive month, but he did say to expect a "notable gain" when the automaker announces sales figures June 2.

Pipas added that it is likely Ford will top both the 16.6 percent market share and 13.6 percent retail share figures it posted for May 2009. He cited continuing strong performances throughout the company's product lineup, including the new 2011 F-Series Super Duty.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 F-Series Super Duty
Ford Continues to Lead Vehicle Sales in Canada; May Sales Up 19 Percent
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited saw sales increase 19 percent compared to last May with year-to-date sales up 25 percent. Strong sales of the Ford Taurus, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX which saw an increase of 242 percent, 65 percent and 74 percent, respectively, helped to drive the positive results. With sales of 101,054 units year-to-date, Ford of Canada continues to lead the market.

After its first full month of sales, the 2011 F-Series Super Duty is off to a great start with sales of F-Series increasing 42 percent compared to the same period last year. Overall vehicle sales were up 19 percent with total truck sales up 29 percent compared to last May.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
SYNC 911 Assist with GPS Location Awareness
Ford Improves SYNC 911 Assist with GPS Location Awareness for Fact Response; No Fees Attached
As thousands of emergency communication professionals gather in Indianapolis June 5-10 for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 2010 conference, Ford is announcing new capability for the SYNC 911 Assist™ application: the communication of a vehicle's exact location using GPS coordinates provided to emergency responders.

The nonsubscription-based app remains available to customers at no additional cost; providing emergency operators access to GPS coordinates of a vehicle, another important tool that could help first responders reach the scene of an accident faster.

To read the full article, click here.

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Transit Connect
California Taxi Fleet Operator Taps into Ford Transit Connect's Natural Gas Capability
When Tim Conlon, president of California Yellow Cab, first laid eyes on the new Ford Transit Connect, he wondered if it had a future in taxi service. Now, having seen the award-winning small commercial van in person, he says it has potential to be "the iconic taxi of the future."

In fact, Conlon is so confident of the Transit Connect Taxi package – which goes into production and arrives in dealerships later this year – he's already put in an order for 25 units.

What drove Conlon's decision – and is driving interest among other taxi companies – is the Transit Connect's alternative fuel engine prep package, which enables conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas).

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Q&A
Derrick Kuzak

Derrick Kuzak
Group Vice President, Global Product Development
Ford Motor Company

Last week Bank of America -- Merrill Lynch published its annual 'Car Wars' report by analyst John Murphy. 'Car Wars' assesses the relative strength of automakers' product pipeline in the U.S. The purpose is to quantify industry product trends and then relate the findings to investment decisions. In this year's report Murphy noted Ford (F) and Honda (HMC) would have the biggest market share gains between now and 2013. Below Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, shares some insight into the report with @Ford.

Q: Ford has changed its strategy regarding vehicle "freshenings." How are they different from those of the past?
A: For over 5 years, first in Europe and then globally, we have been using the Average Age of our line-up in our dealers' showrooms in each region as one of the most important metrics of our cycle plan. Consistent with the view of the authors of the "Car Wars" study, we believe Average Age to be strongly correlated to customers' consideration of our vehicles in their purchase decisions and ultimately market share.

By focusing on this metric, we have moved from the worst in Average Age in the "Car Wars" study to among the best over the past 3 years. This improvement was accomplished by implementing a regular freshening cadence for our vehicles. Typically, our cars and crossovers are all-new to our customers every 3-4 years. Trucks are on a longer cycle, consistent with customer expectations and the competitive environment.

In the past, a mid-cycle freshening may have been as limited as a grille and headlamp update. Now the 10MY update of the Fusion and the MKZ or the coming 11MY freshening of the Edge and the MKX are more representative. These freshened vehicles are all-new to customers with:

  • at-a-glance, exciting interior and exterior changes,
  • upgraded, more fuel efficient powertrains,
  • new, innovative and useful features and technologies, and
  • immediately noticeable improvements in craftsmanship, quietness, and steering/handling.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Fiestas Build Changan Ford Sales
Changan Ford Reports May Sales of 23,742 - 16th Consecutive Month of Growth
Changan Ford Sales Company reported an all-time May sales record of 23,742 vehicles, an increase of 17.8 percent year-on-year, marking the 16th consecutive month of growth in China sales.

Backed by Ford's newly-launched 'Feel the difference' brand campaign, the Ford Fiesta was the star performer of another strong month across Ford's product lineup, with May sales that increased nearly 50 percent from a year ago to 6,547 units. This reflects the Fiesta's popularity among China's young and trendy generation.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect Transports Lions on Bath
Transit is a Roaring Success
The load-carrying strength and flexibility of the Transit is being put to good use by the city of Bath, in south western England.

The versatile Ford model is providing transport for the Lions of Bath, a pride of 100 individually decorated life-size lion sculptures positioned in and around Bath to promote its World Heritage City status.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Race Car
Ford Takes the Lead in Australia's V-8 Supercar Championship
For Ford driver James Courtney, the month of May is proving to be one of his best. After starting in sixth place in Race 12 of the V-8 Supercar Championship at the Winton Raceway on May 15, Courtney drove his Ford FG Falcon meticulously around the track before settling into second place behind Craig Lowndes. The top two battled it out for 11 laps before Courtney was able to overtake Lowndes to claim victory.

To read the full article, click here.

Specially Equipped Transit Vans
1.5m Fleet Order for Transit
Britain's leading supplier of tools to the construction industry, Hilti, has invested more than 1.5 million in a fleet of 55 specially equipped Transit vans.

The company's sales force travelled from across Britain to Evans Halshaw, at Trafford Park, Manchester, to take delivery of their new vehicles. The vans have been fitted with bespoke storage and racking to carry more than 25 construction tools.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Conservation and Environmental Grants China Program
Ford Kicks Off its 2010 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program in China
On June 2, Ford Motor Company announced the launch of its 2010 Conservation and Environmental Grants China (CEGC) program, which aims to address climate change issues and promote environmentally-friendly behaviors through the support of conservation and sustainability initiatives.

The 2010 CEGC program will award RMB 1.5 million (USD 220,000) to 28 recipients across three categories: energy savings and emissions reduction, natural environment conservation, and low-carbon lifestyle.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
Ford India Sees 272 Percent Year-On-Year Sales Growth
Ford India's May sales rose by a record 272 percent from the same month a year ago to 8,080 units, driven by the popular Figo, which maintained its position as the top seller in Ford's portfolio for the third consecutive month. The exceptional May performance also represented an increase of 7.6 percent from the previous month.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Mercury: It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times
(Autoblog) Mercury could'a been a contenda'. In fact, there was a time – long, long ago – when Mercury was a brand to be reckoned with. As far as we're concerned, Mercury hit its zenith in the early 1970s, as you'll see in our image galleries below. To read the full article, click here.

GM Looks to Sell Three Million Cars in China by 2015
(Edmunds' Inside Line) General Motors has set the ambitious target of increasing its China sales by 50 percent, to three million vehicles, by 2015 despite a recent slowdown in the industry. To read the full article, click here.

Pickup Sales Lag Overall Auto Market
(USA Today) There's a good chance pickup sales will go up, again, for May, led by Ford Motor's F-Series trucks. To read the full article, click here.

Ford, Honda Discounts Drive Longest Streak of Gains in 10 Years
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. added rebates and discounts to attract buyers over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, driving what may be the longest streak of sales increases in almost 10 years. To read the full article, click here.

Making Cars is Cheaper Now for General Motors and Chrysler
(Detroit Free Press) A year after their historic bankruptcies, General Motors and Chrysler have already cut the cost of making each vehicle by $3,000,and labor costs could be lower than at any Japanese automaker in the U.S. in less than five years, according to the Center for Automotive Research. To read the full article, click here.

Maruti's May Car Sales Climb to Record on New Models
(Bloomberg) Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., the nation's biggest carmaker, posted highest-ever monthly sales in May as new models and rising consumer incomes boosted demand. To read the full article, click here.

China will Pay Electric Car Subsidies to Makers, Rather than Buyers
(USA Today) China, one of the most aggressive promoters of electric vehicles, is trying to defuse criticism that big EV subsidies favor rich folks who can afford cars over poorer Chinese who help the nation's severe air pollution problems by still getting around on bikes or public transit. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota to Shift More Highlander Production to U.S.
(Left Lane News) Toyota says that it plans to increase production of its Highlander at its Princeton, Indiana, assembly plant for the North American market while reducing Highlander production in Japan in order to insulate itself from currency instability. To read the full article, click here.

As Mercury Dies, this Purple Car Belongs in Heaven
(USA Today) What will we miss most about Mercury? Cars like this. Granted, this 1951 Mercury didn't start life looking this good. Good, but not this good. To read the full article, click here.

GM Return to Vehicle Lending Seen as 'Critical,' Executive Says
(Bloomberg) Returning General Motors Co. to the auto-lending business is a critical part of the company's efforts to boost sales, said Kevin Williams, president of GM's Canadian operations. To read the full article, click here.

Lexus LFA Officially Sold Out, Down Payments Received
(Motor Trend) Yes, the Lexus LFA carries a hefty price tag of close to $400,000, multiple times higher than the average new-car sales transaction. To read the full article, click here.

Some American Consumers Are In GM's Corner Again
(Edmunds' Auto Observer) Rich Scholl is not a bitter man, but he's not a forgiving one either. To read the full article, click here.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee to Debut as 'Top Safety Pick'
(Detroit News) The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will go on sale this month backed by the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang Sales Top Chevrolet Camaro in May
(Auto Blog) Ford seems to have found the special ingredients it needed for the Mustang to spank the Chevrolet Camaro in sales. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota's Growth Slows
(The Street) Toyota said its May sales rose 6.7% in May, far less than the double digit sales increases reported by Ford and General Motors as safety concerns continued to trouble the company. To read the full article, click here.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Priced at $16,995, LTZ at $22,695
(Autoblog) General Motors has slapped a price tag on the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, and with a starting price of $16,995 (including destination), the new compact contender is well positioned to compete with the segment stalwarts. 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 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.


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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.

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.

Village Ford
Village Ford
Tire & Auto Center

All of Village Ford's new and used vehicles have prices online, but call 1-800-257-1538 for the latest incentives on the vehicle of your choice to further reduce your price! Click here for more information.

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 in September (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings 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.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44010). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.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 Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

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 FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, UK)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of June with a location that is to be announced. Meetings last for three hours and comprise of a discussion on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. All FCSD retiree pensioners are welcome. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

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 Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

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 Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

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.)
The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club is on September 22 and will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue).

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.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Location TBA, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

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.

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.

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.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 8:
Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Shop (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 22nd annual "Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Swap" at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club
August 15:
Ford Athletic & Triathlon Club – F.A.S.T. (Novi, Mich.)

F.A.S.T. presents its 8th Annual Island Lake of Novi where a Triathlon & 1.5 Mile Open Water Swim will be held. This event is comprised of a 5 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run. To register, visit http://www.swimfasttrifast.com/index.php/island-lake-of-novi-triathlon.html or to learn more about this event, click here.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.


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