Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

March 5, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford’s U.S. Sales Up 43 Percent; Second-Quarter Production Up 144,000 Vehicles Versus Year Ago
  • Ford Canada Sales Jump 51 Percent
  • New Mustang V-6 with 305 HP Certified at 31 MPG Highway; Makes History as First Car with 300+ HP and 30+ MPG
  • Ford Invests $155 Million in Fuel-Efficient Engines; Adds Jobs with Cleveland Plant No. 1 Upgrade
  • Ford's Energy Efficiency Efforts Earn Fifth Energy Star Award
  • Video: (FOX) Ford's Praveen Cherian Shows Off Transit Connect Electric
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Ford Mustang V-6 Rated Tops for MPG, Horsepower

 

Announcements
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You and Your Family or Other Guests are Invited to
Experience our Newest Products and Auto Show Displays


DETAILS

  • WHAT: Open House – New Product, Technology and Auto Show Display
  • WHERE: Ford World Headquarters
  • WHEN: Friday, March 12, 2010 – 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

In the last several months, we have unveiled the next-generation Ford Focus and Edge, the North American Fiesta, important new powertrain technology on the Mustang and the next-generation Lincoln MKX. In addition, we've announced MyFord – the smarter, safer, simpler system to connect drivers with in-car technologies.

These products, along with the most interactive displays in our history, are helping Ford see huge success at auto shows around the country.

Now we invite you and your family or other guests to come to World Headquarters on Friday, March 12 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to view the products and experience the displays that highlight our continued progress to lead in the areas of Quality, Green, Safe and Smart.

Among our displays:

  • Experience our new inflatable seat belt technology that will debut on the next-generation Ford Explorer
  • Feel the dramatic difference our new truck capability technology can make in a special simulator
  • Put yourself with a Mustang in a variety of settings and email yourself the photo
  • Get hands-on experience with all of Fiesta's quality, green, safe and smart technologies
  • Play the Focus Challenge game and virtually race against others – on your feet!
  • Get up-close and personal with the all-new, MyFord Touch in-car system, designed to change the way you interact with your Ford.

REGISTRATION

Please click here to register for the event. This registration is for Ford Retirees. Guests are welcome. Please limit your number of guests to a maximum of 4. In addition, there will be no coat check and no strollers allowed.

NOTE: Parking will be available at the main visitor's lot on the South Side of Ford World Headquarters. Overflow parking will be available in the East lot. Click here to download a map to the event parking.

Click here for general questions to Drive one.


Lincoln Launch Event
Announcing the Lincoln Launch Event
Now's the time to consider Lincoln with attractive short-term lease rates now available on select new Lincoln vehicles.

Offer ends March 31. Click here for more information.


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 (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: www.myfordbenefits.com and follow the instructions to log in.


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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.

 

Top Stories
Ford Oval
Ford’s U.S. Sales Up 43 Percent; Second-Quarter Production Up 144,000 Vehicles Versus Year Ago
Higher sales for every brand and in every product category propelled Ford Motor Company to a 43 percent sales increase in February versus a year ago. Compared with January, Ford’s February sales are up 22 percent.

February sales were higher throughout Ford's line-up. Cars were up 54 percent versus a year ago, utilities were up 39 percent, and trucks were up 36 percent. Among brands, Ford sales were up 46 percent, Lincoln sales were up 19 percent, and Mercury sales were up 24 percent.

Year to date through February, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales totaled 250,050, up 34 percent versus a year ago. Ford said it remains committed to delivering the freshest line-up of new products in the U.S. industry.

To read the full article, click here.

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Lincoln MKX
Ford Canada Sales Jump 51 Percent
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited saw sales jump 51 percent compared to last February, marking nine consecutive months of retail sales gain. February also saw record-breaking sales for several vehicles across the lineup including: the Ford Fusion, Taurus, Edge, Escape, F-Series, Lincoln MKS and MKX.

Overall sales of cars increased 59.7 percent compared to last February and total truck sales jumped 49.2 percent. Market share also increased for the sixteenth consecutive month at Ford of Canada as the company finishes number one in Canada for the month of February.

"We remain focused on what customers want and value and we're seeing those efforts pay off," said David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. "With the freshest showroom in the industry, we are confident the Ford lineup will continue to deliver positive results throughout the year."

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Mustang
New Mustang V-6 with 305 HP Certified at 31 MPG Highway; Makes History as First Car with 300+ HP and 30+ MPG
The 2011 Ford Mustang breaks new ground, cracking the record books as not only the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but also the first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway.

The Mustang’s official EPA ratings – completed this week – certify that coupe models equipped with the 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 and available six-speed automatic transmission achieve 31 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. The standard six-speed manual transmission is rated at 29 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine’s overall efficiency.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
New V-8 engine Built at Essex Engine
Ford Invests $155 Million in Fuel-Efficient Engines; Adds Jobs with Cleveland Plant No. 1 Upgrade
Ford Motor Company is investing $155 million and adding 60 jobs at its Cleveland operations to build a new fuel-efficient V-6 engine for the 2011 Mustang, which has expected class-leading highway fuel efficiency of 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 305 horsepower.

The investment and jobs at Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 brings the company's investment in powertrain engineering and facility upgrades in North America to $1.8 billion to support its 2011 vehicle launches – with more to come. The total number of jobs being added as part of these investments is 1,260. The new Mustang engine is one of nine new or upgraded engines or transmissions for 2011 model Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

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2010 ENERGY STAR Award
Ford's Energy Efficiency Efforts Earn Fifth Energy Star Award
Ford Motor Company's actions to reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture vehicles and support its U.S. operations have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's coveted 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for the fifth consecutive year.

The 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence recognizes Ford's continued leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

In 2009, Ford improved energy efficiency in the U.S. by 4.6 percent resulting in savings of approximately $15 million. Actual savings due to plant shutdowns were higher, but Ford measures energy efficiency as energy consumed per vehicle.

Since 2000, Ford's U.S. facilities have improved energy efficiency by more than 30 percent. That's equivalent to the annual energy consumed by more than 110,000 homes.

To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta Movement: Chapter 2
New Set of Agents Team Up to Bring Ford Fiesta Local with Fiesta Movement Chapter 2
Ford's Fiesta Movement, a social media initiative designed to create excitement about the new Fiesta, put the new small car on the minds of thousands of people nationwide. It is now moving to its second chapter, this time enlisting 40 people to tell the story of Ford's newest car in 16 cities across the country.

Culled from more than 1,000 applications, Fiesta Movement Chapter 2 consists of 20 teams comprised of two agents each. Their mission will be to redefine the way Fiesta is brought to market by interacting with consumers online and offline, while bringing Fiesta to their communities.

The first Fiesta Movement generated more than 6.2 million YouTube views, more than 750,000 Flickr views and nearly 4 million Twitter impressions. The Fiesta Movement also set a Guinness World Record for the most attendees at a tweetup during the Fiesta Movement Awards Celebration in West Hollywood in December. This unprecedented event brought together 1,149 Fiesta Movement agents and Twitter friends.

To read the full article, click here.

PHEV User Interface
Ford Plugs into the Sunshine State with Progress Energy
Ford Motor Company is expanding the range of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) research program as one of its regional utility partners, Progress Energy, expands its role by adding a Ford Escape PHEV to its Florida operations.

Progress Energy is one of a dozen North American energy companies working with Ford to advance the commercialization of electric vehicles under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. Progress Energy joined the research program in February 2009 when it announced that it would road-test a Ford Escape PHEV in Raleigh, N.C.

Ford was the first automotive manufacturer to partner with the utility industry in a shared effort to understand all of the issues related to PHEV technology and its interconnectivity with the electric grid. Ford started the program in mid-2007 when it formed its first utility partnership with Southern California Edison.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
George Pipas

George Pipas
U.S. Sales Analyst
Ford Motor Company

The new 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickup arrives at Ford dealerships throughout the U.S. this spring, joining the F-150 in an effort to extend F-Series' reign as the country's best-selling truck to 34 consecutive years. Ford U.S. Sales Analysis Manager George Pipas talks about the heavy-duty pickup market with @Ford Online.

Q: How big is the heavy-duty pickup market in the U.S.?
A: Heavy-duty pickups are a subsegment of the full-size pickup market. They're defined as trucks with a gross vehicle weight – or GVW – in excess of 8,500 pounds. Last year, about 300,000 heavy-duty pickups were sold in the U.S. That's 27 percent of the total full-size pickup market. At Ford, heavy-duty pickups comprise about 33 percent of the company's full-size pickup sales.

Q: Which company currently leads the segment?
A: Ford, with its F-Series Super Duty, is the dominant player, holding a 46-percent share. Chevy is second at 27 percent, Dodge has 18 percent and GMC owns a nine-percent share.

Q: What is the outlook for full-size pickups in 2010?
A: A lot depends on the rate of economic recovery and the strength of the residential and commercial construction sector. However, we think there may be a modest uptick in full-size pickup sales this year, but the market will continue to be challenging as this week's report on new home sales suggests. New home sales tumbled to a record low in January.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Fiesta Earns 'Best Small Car of 2010' Award
Changan Ford Reports Best-Ever February Sales for Focus and Mondeo, Helping Drive 37.5 Percent Growth
In one of the typically slower months for China's auto industry, Changan Ford Sales Company reported strong February sales of 18,193 Ford brand passenger vehicles, marking a 37.5 percent increase over the same period last year. The solid monthly sales performance also pushed the company's year-over-year growth to 13 consecutive months.

Changan Ford saw consistent sales growth across its vehicle range in February, with Ford Focus sales rising more than 22 percent from the same month last year to 9,425 units, representing its best February sales since being launched in 2005. Ford Mondeo also achieved its best-ever February sales, rising more than 24 percent from a year ago, while Ford S-MAX recorded a significant 85 percent jump in sales versus the same period last year.

The Ford Fiesta continued to rack up strong sales in February of 4,857 units, boosting total sales to 59,362 units since its launch last year. The Fiesta also continued to add to its collection of more than 54 awards in China to date, including "Best Small Car of 2010" from sina.com and "Small Car of the Year" from China Auto Pictorial.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Fiesta ECOnetic to Debut as Most Fuel-Efficient Car in New Zealand
Ford will set a new standard for fuel-efficient vehicles in New Zealand when it launches the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic later this year.

With a combined fuel consumption rate of just 3.7 liters per 100 kilometres¹, the fuel efficiency of Fiesta ECOnetic sets a new benchmark and surpasses all other vehicles currently on sale in New Zealand, including petrol/electric hybrid models.

The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic also produces fewer CO2 emissions than any other conventional, internal combustion engine vehicle, with an official CO2 emission rating of 98 grams per kilometre.

To read the full article, click here.

EcoBoost Petrol Engine
New Powertrains Deliver More Performance and Efficiency
Ford’s European product range is undergoing a transformation in its powertrain line-up during 2010, with the introduction of new generations of highly efficient petrol and diesel engines.

The new powertrains not only deliver improved, high-torque performance, but at the same time provide significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation engines.

The transformation of Ford’s engine range is led by the introduction of two state-of-the-art, four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engines. These engines represent a completely new generation of downsized, high-efficiency, low-CO2 petrol engines from Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

Media Briefing Event in Bangkok
Ford Thailand Expands Dealer Network Ahead of New Fiesta Launch
In preparation for the launch of the new Ford Fiesta this year, Ford Thailand announced a major commitment to expanding its dealer network and improving market availability and service facilities for its full lineup of vehicles.

With a plan to introduce one new dealership per month, Ford will double the number of its Bangkok outlets to 22 and expand its nationwide dealership network to 100 by the end of 2010.

Placing dealerships in close proximity to prime areas in Bangkok – conveniently located for customers – has been a core focus for Ford as the company continues to broaden its product lineup.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicle
Ford's Praveen Cherian Shows Off Transit Connect Electric
(FOX) Ford Hybrids Program Leader Praveen Cherian is interviewed about the Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicle -- Ford's first all-electric vehicle. It's geared toward small business owners and fleets, and will hit showrooms later this year. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Mustang V-6 Rated Tops for MPG, Horsepower
(USA Today) Ford is announcing that its 2011 Ford Mustang has become the first car to produce both 300 horsepower and achieve more than 30 miles a gallon. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Said to Post First U.S. Sales Increase in 26 Months
(Bloomberg) Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker run by Fiat Spa, will post an increase of a few hundred units compared with a year earlier, the first sales gain since December 2007, a person familiar with the results said. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Recalls 500,000 Vehicles Worldwide
(ABC News) Nissan Motors has said it will recall nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide, most of them in the United States, due to brake pedal defects and faulty fuel gauges. To read the full article, click here.

Opel Getting $2.7 Billion Injection of Cash from GM
(AutoBlog) When General Motors decided it would keep Opel in the company's brand portfolio, it knew the price tag would be hefty. The Detroit News is reporting that price tag on The General's decision to retain its European arm is 1.9 billion euros ($2.7 billion in U.S. funds). To read the full article, click here.

February Sales: Toyota Share Lowest Since 2005; Hyundai, Nissan Share Highest Ever
(AutoObserver) Despite Toyota's recall woes and snowy weather covering most of the country, February vehicle sales will be higher this February than last year's dismal lows and also higher than January's numbers, Edmunds.com forecasts. To read the full article, click here.

GM Replaces Cadillac Chief in Shake-Up
(Detroit News) Cadillac General Manager Bryan Nesbitt has been replaced and General Motors Vice President Susan Docherty has been stripped of sales and service responsibilities during another broad management shake-up at General Motors Co. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Beating GM May Be ‘New Normal’ on Vehicle Lineup
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co. beating General Motors Co. in U.S. sales in February may signal a new automaker atop the industry as Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally pares operating costs and refreshes the vehicle lineup. To read the full article, click here.

GM Recalling 1.3 Million Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s
(USA Today) Even as Toyota faces a Senate grilling over its recalls, General Motors announced it will recall 1.3 million cars in North America to replace a power steering motor that could fail at low speed, 15 mph or less. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Consumers Shouldn’t Feel Safe, Stupak Says
(Bloomberg) U.S. consumers should feel “not very safe” driving a Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle, as the cause of unintended acceleration that prompted worldwide recalls is still unknown, Representative Bart Stupak said. 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 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.

 

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 (Roswell, Ga.)

The monthly brunch occurs the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Original Pancake House (5530 Windward Parkway). If you would like further information about the brunch 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@sympatico.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.)
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 816-455-4023 or 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 (Lincoln Park, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Robert Jones K of C Hall (25160 W. Outer Drive (Dix at I-75)). 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.

March 31:>br> Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon (Olmsted Township, OH)
The Ford Salary Retiree Club is taking a trip to Seneca Allegheny Casino, New York. It is $30 per person and upon arrival you will be offered $20 in gambling cash and $5 to buy your lunch. Bus leaves CEP#1 hourly lot (5600 Henry Ford Blvd., also known an Engle Road) promptly at 7 a.m. and will be returning no later than 10 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided on the bus. Be sure to bring a valid driver's license or picture ID and if you have one, bring a Casino-issued ID. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.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
March 7:
SAAC-MCR Winter Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap meet takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.). For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact the club hotline at 734-956-1626.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
March 27:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2010 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Avenue) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Village Ford is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Telegraph and Outer Drive roads. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

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 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.

 

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. Discounts are made available to you from a wide array of businesses ranging from clothing, accessories and consumer electronics to financial services, travel and entertainment. Our new Special Offers section makes it easy for you to shop around for the best prices.

This Week's Specials…

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel receive up to 10% off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673. Or, click here to check out the specials for the month.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.

Pringle Homebuilding Group's Florida Lifestyle Preview Program invites you to experience a taste of Central Florida living in one of its spectacular master-planned communities.

Its Lifestyle Preview Program lets qualified visitors learn more about Pringle's Communities while indulging in a three-day, two-night stay in one of its guest homes or Pringle's Bed and Breakfast partners. To see if you qualify to participate in the preview program, call at 1-800-325-4471, or click here to submit your information and have a representative contact you to answer your questions.


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

Click here for easy access to Discount Marketplace – Your final stop to finding exclusive discounts that perfectly fit you and your lifestyle.

 



FCN News Team:
Publisher: Sara Tatchio
Associate Publisher: Susan Krusel
Managing Editors: Jenn Corney, Terra Donnelly

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