September 16, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Louisville Assembly Transformation Promotes Flexibility, Improved Ergonomics
  • Crown Victoria Takes Final Roll Off Production Line
  • Ford Offers Employees Added Incentives to Become Inventors
  • Ford Canada's Focus on Social Media
  • Executive Corner: Moray Callum on the Ford Evos Concept
  • Ford Racing Reveals Focus ST-R, Fiesta ST Concept at Frankfurt Auto Show
  • Ford Achieves Best August Market Share in Europe Since 1998
  • Outside Voices: (Forbes) Ford is the New Design and Technology Leader

 

Announcements
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Annual Enrollment Period Starts Oct. 15
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period starts Oct. 15, one month earlier than in previous years. Medicare-age salaried retirees can switch into or out of or between Medicare Advantage plans if their health and or financial circumstances have changed or if they are dissatisfied with their present coverage.

Leading health care insurance organizations in southeast Michigan will be holding seminars to provide Medicare information and seek new customers. Attendance is free. There is no obligation to enroll. About 70 percent of Ford salaried retirees are Michigan residents.

  • Decision Navigator Transition Assist will hold its third session Oct. 6 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn starting at 10 a.m. No reservations needed.
  • Senior Benefits Group has scheduled six separate sessions for Ford salaried retirees on Oct. 3 (Dearborn Inn), 4 (Livonia Embassy Suites) and 5 (Southfield Westin) at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by email to Karen@benefits4seniors.com or by calling 855-236-7372.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Health Alliance Plan will hold seminars for retirees throughout the area in the coming weeks. Details can be found on their respective websites.

Further 2012 Annual Enrollment Period information is available on the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org).






Global Week of Caring
2011 Ford Global Week of Caring
Ford Global Week of Caring is Sept. 10 - 18, 2011. Time to check out the new Ford Volunteer Corps website and help create a better world! Join a volunteer project through Model Teams.

Click here to check out the new site and get involved!






Lincoln Event
Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event
Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event is coming to an end. That means time is short to get an attractive offer on Lincoln MKZ. In addition to attractive lease rates on Lincoln MKZ, every new Lincoln now comes with a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

Select your Lincoln MKZ , recently named "Most Dependable Entry Premium Car" for the second year in a row, by J.D. Power and Associates1 and get standard SYNC® the in-car connectivity system that responds to voice commands.2 See your local Lincoln Dealer now to take advantage of the Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1The Lincoln MKZ received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles amount entry premium cars in proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Vehicle Dependability StudiesSM. 2011 study based on 43,779 consumer responses measuring problems consumers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles (2008 model-year cars and trucks). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed October-December 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com. 2Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones/MyLincoln Touch®/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.






Built Ford Tough Event
The Built Ford Tough® Sales Event
Now, get 0 percent APR Financing for 60 Months + $1,000 Trade Assist + No Payments for 90 Days1 during the Built Ford Tough Sales Event!

Ford F-Series pickups are the best-selling trucks for 34 years running because both F-150 and Super Duty® offer what you need in a full-size pickup: best-in-class towing, payload2 and fuel efficiency. 3 If you need to go a little smaller, Ranger I-4 delivers best-in-class fuel economy4 too, and has better quality than its Toyota Tacoma competitor. 5

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Built Ford Tough Sales Event. Click here for more information on this event.

Disclaimer:
1Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. Customer can defer first payment for up to 90 days. 60 months paid over 62 months at $16.67 per month per $1,000 financed regardless of down payment. 0% financing not available on F-150 Raptor. Trade-in cash available on '11 F-150, Ranger and Super Duty. Trade-in 1995 or newer FLM or competitive vehicle, or terminate lease 30 days prior to or 90 days after new retail delivery. For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 10/31/11. Offer varies on Super Duty in Texas. See dealer for complete details. 2F-150: When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid. Super Duty: When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. 3F-150: EPA-estimated 17 city/23 hwy/19 combined mpg, 3.7L V6 4x2. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid. Super Duty: Based on Ford drive-cycle test of comparably equipped 2011 Ford and 2010/2011 competitive models. 4EPA-estimated 22 city/27 hwy/24 combined mpg, I-4 manual 4x2. Class is Compact Pickups. 5Based on RDA Group's GQRS cumulative survey at three months of service in three surveys of 2010 Ford and competitive owners conducted 9/09-5/10.

 

Top Stories
Louisville Assembly Plant Tour
Louisville Assembly Plant Transformation Promotes Flexibility, Improved Ergonomics for Workers
Late last week, Ford Motor Company invited local and national media along with government officials to tour the nearly remodeled Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP). This was the public’s first opportunity to view the changes to the facility since it closed in December 2010.

A large portion of the U.S. $600 million investment begins in the body shop, which is almost 100 percent new and provides for the majority of the facility's flexibility. Interestingly, LAP is introducing a new project called "Spark Free" robots. As the robots are welding body parts, there will be no sparks, as opposed to previous methods. This is a much more efficient and cleaner process than what is utilized in older facilities.

Similarly, new, more modern tooling and equipment has been installed in the Final Assembly area of the facility to promote a higher level of quality, as well as improved ergonomics for workers. For example, a new skillet system will automatically lower and raise the units as they are being assembled in each workstation to better facilitate the work being performed. This will allow the jobs to be performed at a height most appropriate for that particular function.

To read the full article, click here.

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Last Crown Victoria at STAP
Crown Victoria Takes Final Roll Off Production Line
As the last Ford Crown Victoria sedan drove off the production line at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant this week marked the end of production at the 44-year-old plant.

St. Thomas Assembly Plant opened in 1967 to build the Ford Falcon and then moved on to produce more than eight million vehicles including: Ford Maverick, Ford Pinto, Mercury Bobcat, Ford Fairmont, Mercury Zephyr, Ford EXP, Mercury LN7, Ford Escort and the Mercury Lynx. Since 1984, the plant has produced the Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria, and then added the Mercury Marauder between 2002 and 2004, as well as the Lincoln Town Car from 2008 until last month.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
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Ford Offers Employees Added Incentives to Become Inventors
Tomorrow's greatest inventions may just come from the minds of today's Ford employees.

Ford is asking all U.S. employees and agency personnel to put their thinking caps on and help accelerate innovation within the company by submitting inventions to Ford Global Technologies.

Ford has been encouraging employees to submit inventions since 1988 by offering financial awards through the Patent Incentive Award Program (PIAP), which has helped the company build a portfolio of over 15,000 pending and active patents worldwide.

To read additonal reviews, click here.

In-Car Connectivity Innovation
Ford and Bug Labs Develop Open-Source R&D Platform for Socially-Networked In-Car Connectivity Innovation
With Ford SYNC® successfully giving millions of customers the in-car connectivity they crave, Ford and Bug Labs are together exploring the next frontier in how to make connectivity more available, affordable and personalized for the hundreds of millions of consumers expected to buy a vehicle across the globe by 2020.

Earlier this week, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Ford and Bug Labs, an open-source hardware and software provider that offers the tools and support needed to prototype, pilot and produce innovative networked devices, announced a joint development agreement to collaborate on a new in-car research platform named OpenXC.

Based on Bug Labs' groundbreaking Bug System, OpenXC transforms the car into a plug-and-play platform where interchangeable open-source hardware and software modules can be quickly and easily customized to perform tasks deemed previously unimaginable by developers. With OpenXC, consumers can truly create a personalized driving experience through the addition of countless add-ons. Innovations such as new visual and audio feedback interfaces, environmental sensors and safety devices can be implemented quickly by snapping Bug Labs’ hardware modules directly into Ford vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Social Media Event
Ford Canada's Focus on Social Media
Ford answered the call of global Focus fans and created the all-new 2012 Ford Focus, redefining the small car category in North America. To introduce the Focus, show off its unique new design and prove its driving dynamics, Ford of Canada decided to see if Canadian bloggers and online influencers were up for a challenge: The 2012 Ford Focus Challenge. This high-energy challenge attracted influencers from different niches, including parenting, technology, photography and fashion. The event kicked off in Toronto, then went to Montreal, Quebec City and finished in Vancouver.

To begin, participants were paired up, handed the keys to a brand-new 2012 Focus and given a hint to get them to their first challenge. This program was like none other – set up as a citywide scavenger hunt, each stop gave everyone the opportunity to learn about the Focus vehicles' many features in a fun and interactive way. For example, to explain the active grille shutters and the horsepower, participants were brought to a horse ranch where they had food from the grille and got to pet the horses. In Montreal, the group drove on a track with a Mustang as the pace car. Each stop allowed the influencers to take pictures, tweet, blog and most importantly learn information about the vehicle. This unique program reached out to a group of journalist and influencers who were all new to the brand. Although the participants had never attended a Ford media event, they were curious and geared up for what was to come.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Moray Callum

Moray Callum
Executive Director, North American Design
Ford Motor Company

At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford introduced four global vehicles as well as an array of vehicle and technology introductions on the company's largest-ever European stand. One of the key introductions was the Ford Evos Concept. The Ford Evos Concept introduces a new global design direction for Ford and was developed in a collaborative process by Ford's global design team.

Ford EVOS Concept
The new design DNA showcased on the Evos Concept is a key part of the One Ford global product strategy. It provides a framework to guide the creation of new products in Ford's design studios worldwide and key elements of the concept's exterior and interior design language will be applied to forthcoming Ford vehicles. Ford North American Design Executive Director Moray Callum recently sat down with Ford President of The Americas Mark Fields to discuss the Ford Evos Concept and the design processes involved in developing the vehicle.

Q: How has global integration worked in Design?
A: I think the Evos is a very good example of this. We have eight studios around the world. As recently as four or five years ago, I wasn’t totally aware here in North America of what was going on in each of these studios. Now, I know what is going on everyday in each of these studios, which is great.

The technology in this sort of virtual world we live in allows us to design virtually, and design remotely as well. This is how the Evos has come about in terms of how it was actually designed in Germany, but it has as much input from the U.S. side of things as it has from the European side of things.

So, great move forward and really has come about with One Ford, emphasizing how we can work together as one group. And the great advantage also is you get design work being done 24-hours a day.

Q: Is taking a global approach to design a benefit for us here in the U.S.?
A: I absolutely think that taking the talents that we have around the world have really great benefits for us here in the U.S. You've seen that in the products that we've put into the marketplace over the last couple years and you'll see that obviously going forward as we are launching a number of products over the next couple of years.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Focus ST-R
Ford Racing Reveals Focus ST-R at Frankfurt Motor Show; Global Ford Motorsport Development Strategy Extends
As the all-new Focus ST road car makes its global production debut, Ford is giving a European welcome at the Frankfurt Motor Show to a special motorsport counterpart – the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R.

Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully-prepared competition car. It features a powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension. It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to race in a variety of series.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Fiesta ST Concept
Ford Reveals Fiesta ST Concept
Ford is revealing its vision for a future high-performance Fiesta ST at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, which opened this week. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept signals the next step in Ford Motor Company's global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST performance model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small car portfolio.

The Fiesta ST Concept combines eye-catching, muscular and sporty styling with a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain capable of delivering impressive fuel economy with low CO2 emissions.

A global Fiesta ST would continue the proud, 35-year Fiesta history of delivering high performance thrills to small car customers. Iconic past models have included the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo and more recently the first generation Fiesta ST.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford E-Bike
Ford Rides into E-Bike Market with Stunning Concept
Alongside the exciting lineup of new vehicle and technology introductions on its stand at Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford is also unveiling a rather surprising addition to its range – an E-Bike.

Designed to show how the company’s design language can translate to a bicycle, the Ford E-Bike Concept also demonstrates the spectrum of Ford's electric mobility competence. Ford has no plans to produce the E-Bike but will continue studying the concept along with other future mobility solutions.

Developed by a Ford Design team led by Executive Design Director Martin Smith, in partnership with cyber-wear, the German brand behind Ford's popular Lifestyle Collection products, the Ford E-Bike Concept has been created from the ground up to appeal to both men and women.

To read the full article, click here.

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Sales Surge In Germany and Demand for New Products Helps Ford Achieve Best August Market Share in Europe Since 1998
Ford Motor Company, bolstered by rising sales in Germany and strong demand for new vehicles including the Focus and C-MAX, achieved strong gains in overall sales and market share in Europe in August.

Ford sales rose 19.3 percent in August to 72,200 vehicles, and its share rose 0.8 percentage points to 8.2 percent August, Ford’s best August share performance in Europe since 1998.

Across its total 51 European markets, Ford sales grew 18.6 percent to 95,800 vehicles in August. Through the first eight months of the year, Ford sales in these markets totaled 1,050,400, up 2.8 percent, or 22,100 vehicles, from a year ago.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford is the New Design and Technology Leader
(Forbes) Every so often, one car company's designs stand out from the pack so much that they set the trend for the rest of the industry. Ford Motor's "egg-shaped" Taurus in the mid-1980s led a shift away from boxy sedans to more sculpted family cars. In the early '90s, Chrysler's "cab-forward" design drew raves on cars like the Dodge Intrepid. Eventually, though, they all start looking alike until something fresh comes along to shake up the status quo again. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Sees U.S. Auto Sales Falling Below 13 Million Forecast
(Bloomberg) U.S. auto sales this year may not reach 13 million that was the low end of Ford Motor Company's range of estimates, Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth said. To read the full article, click here.

Achieving Singularity: One Ford on Display in Frankfurt
(MotorTrend) On Dec. 2, 2008, at the height of intense government scrutiny, Ford submitted a business plan to the Senate Banking Committee in charge of investigating the troubled financial situation surrounding the Big Three domestic auto manufacturers. To read the full article, click here.

VIDEO: The Future of…Composting
(CBS SmartPlanet) Take a closer look at your trash before you toss it. Can it go in your compost pile? It's not just for food and yard trimmings any more. One day, you may be able to throw most of your car parts in a compost bin. Ford Biomaterials members Ellen Lee and Angela Harris visited reporter Sumi Das in San Francisco to discuss their work. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Restores North American Pace
(New York Times) Toyota on Tuesday said that it had resumed full production at its North American plants for the first time since it began experiencing parts shortages after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March. To read the full article, click here.

GM Looking to Partner with BMW on Engines
(Leftlanenews.com) Automotive alliances have been big news in the past weeks, with Ford and Toyota forging a new partnership to develop hybrid pickups while the union between Suzuki and Volkswagen has publicly crumbled with wave after wave of disharmony. Now, the latest reports indicate that GM is looking to team up with BMW on engines and is interested specifically in the Bavarian company's gasoline and diesel motors. To read the full article, click here.

Meet the Man Jumpstarting GM's Brands
(Fortune) Joel Ewanick, GM's recently installed global CMO, is charged with breathing new life into the company's disparate brands – no small order. To read the full article, click here.

Daimler Keeps Hydrogen in the Spotlight
(New York Times) Battery-powered cars get all the publicity, but some manufacturers haven't given up on hydrogen as the emission-free fuel of the future. To read the full article, click here.

Electric-Car Battery Capacity will Surge to Double Demand from Automakers
(Bloomberg) Producers of electric-car batteries such as LG Chem Ltd. and Johnson Controls Inc. are building new plants at such a pace that capacity will grow to almost double automakers' demand, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and email 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 1-800-248-4444 or email 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 in December (Roswell, Ga.)
The next membership event will be the annual holiday party to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Full details of the party are being finalized and will be sent to members shortly. If you would like further information about 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.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

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 Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

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.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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 44070). 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 Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

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 Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. 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 Trattoria Tamone Restaurant in Oakville. 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, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. 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 Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

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 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 Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

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 RHONDACOLTHORP@gmail.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 (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on Sept. 28. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com. Our annual Christmas Party will not be held in December this year. We will have it on Oct. 29 on the Plaza at the Marriot Hotel. Details to follow soon.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

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 (Bradenton, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. 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.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). 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.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.com.

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.

UAW Local 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

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.

 


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