TATUI, Brazil – Every day, cars and trucks travel hundreds of kilometers in tests on the tracks at Ford Brazil’s Tatuí Proving Grounds. But recently, the track saw a different breed of travelers: Ford Brazil employees.
The first-ever TPG Running, a 4.4-km walk/run along the proving ground’s high-speed test track, celebrated the proving grounds’ 34th anniversary and the facility’s Workplace Injury Prevention Week.
About 600 proving ground team members participated or cheered on their co-workers in the event that took place at the end of 2012. Trophies and certificates were handed out to the top finishers.
“We thought that about 100 people would turn up, but everyone came out – engineers, managers, cleaning crew, mechanics and grounds crew,” said Fabio Lang, manager, Tatuí Proving Grounds. “Everyone was a winner to me.”
Participants were asked to donate two kilos of food to enter the race. Ford team members brought in more than 500 kilos of food, which was donated to Lar do Bom Menino, a local orphanage and to the city of Tatuí food bank.
“This was really a true team effort. We had the entire Tatuí team supporting us,” said Lang. “We had everyone from the medical team, the fire department, traffic control, and the Citizenship Committee helping out. We had people from a local gym come to help out with the warm-up. It was a really cool how the team came together to make this a success.”
“We were able to combine employee participation and interaction in a healthy event that gathered donations for those in need,” Lang said. “It was a gratifying event since we accomplished so much.”
MSX, Comau, Evik, Gran Sapore and Biocoop – Ford partner companies – also participated.
The Tatuí team plans to make this an annual event and to invite employees from Ford Brazil’s other facilities.
“I worked four years in Argentina and they have a run at the plant in Pacheco,” said Lang. “When I came back to Brazil, I asked why we couldn’t have one here too?”
After receiving all of the necessary approvals from Plant Safety, Human Resources and the regional Health and Safety groups, Lang and the team planned and executed the running event.