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Go Further Team Content Site: Share how you and your co-workers embody the Go Further spirit!
In January 2012, Ford Motor Company announced it's new brand promise, Go Further. A brand promise simplifies the culture and what makes a company different. It is a promise that endures.
@Ford is asking all employees, retirees, and agency/contract personnel to think about the ways that they Go Further in their day-to-day lives, both at work and at home.
Submit your stories and read how other Ford employees go further by visiting the Go Further Team Content Site.
NEW* 2013 March of Dimes Fundraising at Chicago Assembly Plant
About March of Dimes: “The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them”
2013 CAP/UAW Local 551 fundraising for March of Dimes is underway! We are looking to expand our fundraising team. Interested in joining? Contact any one of our current team members:
Erik Williams, Body Area Manager
Angela Dulaney, UAW Local 551 Vice President
Venkat Doddamreddy, IT
Sandi Newcomb, Plant Manager's Office
Maddy Lassing, Communication Coach
The money our plant raises for March of Dimes helps fund research to find treatments and preventions, and it supports programs in our community that give moms the best chance of a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
2013 JDRF Fundraising at Chicago Assembly Plant
Once again, Chicago Assembly Plant will be fundraising in support of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation). JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The goal of JDRF research is to imporve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.
Employees would work in the "office" of the plant can participate in Friday Jeans Days by making a donation. If you'd like to participate, please see Terrance McClain in the HR Office.
Ford Posts First Quarter Pre-Tax Profit of $2.1 Billion, Driven by Highest North America Profit in More than a Decade; Net Income of $1.6 Billion
April 24, 2013
Congratulations to the entire Ford team for continuing to deliver our One Ford plan, serving our customers around the world and delivering profitable growth. Thanks to our efforts, we today are announcing strong quarterly financial results, built on solid growth in volume and revenue.
Our earnings are driven by our highest North American profit since at least 2000 – when we began reporting results for the region as a separate business unit – and continued solid performance from Ford Credit.
Our results reflect more proof that our investments in Asia Pacific Africa are paying off, as we post record first quarter market share in the region and in China. They also reflect continued implementation of our transformation plan in Europe – which is on track to return to profitability by mid-decade – as well as expanding our global product portfolio and working on all areas of the business for further improvement in South America, as we address the challenging business environment in that region. Click here to read full article.
Chicago Assembly Plant Employees Go Further for Potential Customers at Chicago Auto Show
Updated: February 26, 2013
The Ford Explorer, a Chicago-made vehicle, has been one of the many hot Ford cars at the Chicago Auto Show this year and has generated much buzz amongst attendees, thanks in part to Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP) employees Dan Lacy and Marco Rodriguez. Both Dan and Marco were selected to represent CAP all week at the auto show to help engage and excite potential customers about the vehicles that they help build.
Marco, a Team Leader in the Chassis Department and member of the launch team, and Dan, a Senior Process Coach in Final Assembly, were excited about their opportunity to interact with customers and answer questions on our products.
Both Dan and Marco noted that auto show attendees became very interested in talking to them once it became apparent that they weren’t salesmen, but actually the people who build the cars every day in Chicago. “It’s a great advantage for the Company to bring in employees from different assembly plants to speak about the vehicles that we actually make,” said Lacy.
To read more, check out this month's In The News bulletin here!
CAP UAW Local 551 Skilled Trades Committee Goes Further for Families in Need
Updated: February 1, 2013
The UAW Local 551 Skilled Trades Committee held their first fundraiser ever in December 2012, just in time to make Christmas special for many families.
The Committee held a Tool Raffle, and thanks to donations from area businesses and Local 551, 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to Love INC of Greater Hammond. Love INC is a local not-for-profit charity that benefits families in their time of need.
Snap-on donated the first prize item, an 18V cordless drill, and UAW Local 551 donated $500 to purchase items to fill American made tool boxes, which were raffled off as 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes. Hoosier Printing donated the raffle tickets.
The nine members of the Local 551 Skilled Trades Committee sold tickets for the Tool Raffle in the timespan of just over a week and raised $1,700 – enough to make Christmas bright for many families in the area.
To view the article with photo in the Go Further section of @Ford online, click here.
Updated: January 15, 2013
The Torrence Ave. river draw bridge (North of the plant) will be reopened to all public traffic at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday January 15th. Access over the bridge will be the center lanes, one lane in each direction. The traffic light at 126th and Torrence Ave. will be restored to its normal sequence. Please obey all traffic laws and as a reminder the entrance with the “Y” configuration is a right in/ right out only. Meaning you cannot turn left (north bound) exiting or turn left from the north bound Torrence Ave. lane to enter at this entrance (there are signs posted). Left turns on to Torrence Ave. must be performed at the traffic light at 126th street and Torrence Ave.
Minor construction work will continue over the next few months on the bridge. Please drive safely it will still be considered a construction zone.
Ford Doubles Quarterly Dividend in 2013 First Quarter
Updated: January 10, 2013
The Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company declared a first-quarter dividend of $0.10 per share on the company’s outstanding Class B and common stock. This is double the level of dividend paid in each quarter of 2012 and consistent with the company’s One Ford goal of delivering profitable growth for all stakeholders.
Icy Months Ahead - Take Care In Winter Weather!
Updated: November 27, 2012
Experience tells us that in winter months, especially during and after a snowstorm, we all need to exercise caution and use common sense when walking on snow and/or ice covered surfaces. Prompt snow removal is the most effective way to minimize slips and falls in the winter.
Keep steps, driveways and sidewalks clear.
Use salt or other alternatives, as needed, to minimize/eliminate slippery conditions around your home.
Snow removal will not completely eliminate all slippery surfaces. So what can you do to reduce the risk of falling when walking on potentially slippery surfaces?
The following suggestions can help reduce the potential to slip when walking on snow or ice covered surfaces.
* Allocate additional time to reach your destination.
* Moving at a slower pace allows you to adjust to changing surface conditions. Falls frequently occur when rushing/running on snow or ice
* Wear shoes with non-skid/textured soles. These soles will provide improved traction
* Take shorter steps and bend your knees, this will increase traction and reduce the potential for you to fall
* Try to minimize what you carry. Keep your arms and hands free for improved balance. Use a backpack, but keep it light to maintain your sense of balance
* Look to see the walking surface ahead. Make every effort to avoid patches of ice and snow covered surfaces. When this unavoidable, attempt to minimize the number of steps you take walking through these areas
* When entering your home or work, look for potentially slippery conditions due to melting snow tracked in from the outside. Immediately eliminate or report the hazard.
Take care and plan ahead for slippery conditions!
Ford Earns Record Third Quarter 2012 Pre-Tax Operating Profit of $2.2 Billion, Net Income of $1.6 Billion
October 30, 2012
Record profit and operating margin in North America and continued solid performance from Ford Credit drove the best-ever third quarter profit for Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] as it reports quarterly results today.
The company reported a pre-tax profit of $2.2 billion, or 40 cents per share, and net income of
$1.6 billion, or 41 cents per share. The company also continued to generate positive Automotive operating-related cash flow, and ended the period with a strong liquidity position of $34.4 billion, an increase of $500 million from the second quarter.
Ford Police Interceptors Easily Brave the Storms of Hurricane Isaac
October 2, 2012
JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - Seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina and levee failures caused devastation on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac pummeled the Mississippi coast, unleashing a fury of rainfall on southern Louisiana.
Disturbingly similar to Katrina, Hurricane Isaac brought about heaps of rainfall and ruin that left Louisiana residents floating on wooden doors and grasping to hold onto the few items they had left.
Amidst the wreckage rescue crews and state officials worked all day and night to release people from where they were held captive or help to evacuate residents from their homes.
To help assist them in this task, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department had several new Ford Utility Police Interceptors in service.
“Our Utility Police Interceptor’s performed amazingly,” said Col. James McClendon, Jefferson Parish. “They were stable in 75 mph crosswinds, heavy rains and flooding. And they didn’t hydroplane.”
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Ford Police Interceptors Prevail in Recent Michigan State Police Testing
September 24, 2012
Ford’s new Police Interceptors led the pack in recent testing conducted by the Michigan State Police.
The Police Interceptor sedan equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine topped the competition in 0-60 mph, 0-80 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration. These fast closing-in speeds are critical for first responders and law enforcement professionals.
In testing at Grattan Raceway, the Ford Police Interceptor with EcoBoost V6 engine and all-wheel drive posted the fastest single lap and best average lap times.
Click this link to read more from @Ford online.
Ford Boosts Police Interceptor Sedan Performance and Fuel Economy with New 3.7-Liter Ti-VCT Engine
September 14, 2012
The new Ford Police Interceptor is getting another boost under the hood with the addition of the 3.7-liter twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) engine, offering law enforcement agencies fuel economy with more power.
The 3.7-liter V6, now available on the Police Interceptor sedan, delivers a performance increase to 305 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque while also achieving increased fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway, 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg combined. The horsepower and torque ratings are the highest of any naturally aspirated V6 engine offered for pursuit-rated sedans.
“This combination of great performance and top-notch fuel economy means law enforcement agencies won’t have to compromise power or fuel efficiency while getting the job done,” said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.
New High-Performance Ford Explorer Sport, a Fully Capable SUV Certified to Deliver Class-Leading Fuel Economy
September 12, 2012
Ford’s new Explorer Sport, a Chicago Assembly Plant vehicle, will stand in a class of one when it goes on sale this month with an EPA-certified 22 mpg highway rating, the only seven-passenger, high-performance SUV on the market to do so.
New for the 2013 model year, Ford Explorer Sport arrives, packing a 365 horsepower EcoBoost® engine, high-fashion interior design and class-leading fuel economy.
Click here to read the full story on @Ford online.
2013 Ford Taurus and Explorer, Lincoln MKS Earn NHTSA's in Highest NCAP Overall Vehicle Score
August 31, 2012
Chicago Assembly Plant's three Ford Motor Company vehicles – the 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer and Lincoln MKS – earned a top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These vehicles earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.
Ford Announces 2nd Quarter Financial Earnings
July 27, 2012
News from down the road, Government Officials Visit Chicago Stamping Touting Economic, Auto Industry Improvements
May 11, 2012
CHICAGO - Recently, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner visited Chicago to deliver a keynote speech on the U.S. economy at the Economic Club of Chicago breakfast. He then joined Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. at Ford's Chicago Stamping Plant to emphasize the importance of manufacturing in America, specifically the automotive industry.
During his keynote speech at the breakfast, Geithner noted postive shifts in the economic recovery.
"I see the competitive playing field shifting in our favor, and that's a really encouraging thing," he said. "So I'm going to Ford. I do this across the country in order to get a better feel for how things are going in the economy and autos are really very strong right now." Read the full story here.
FMC April Sales for Chicago Assembly Plant Vehicle
April 5, 2012
Explorer: 13,419 Total / 6.6% Increase from April 2011
Taurus: 6,664 Total / 6.4% Increase from April 2011
Police Interceptor Sedan: 547 / NEW
Police Interceptor Utility: 667 / NEW
Lincoln MKS: 1,298 / -26.8% Decrease from April 2011
Read the full press release on Ford's April Sales here
Single Point Lesson from Safety: Preventing Hair from being Caught in Machinery
April 26, 2012
Recently, a Ford employee leaned over the conveyor to clean debris from a drip pan. While cleaning, the employee’s hair came in contact with the rotating shaft. A large patch of the employee’s hair was pulled out.
Please review this Single Point Lesson on this topic.
Workers Memorial Day: April 28th
April 19, 2012
Most of us take for granted coming home from work to our families each day. But every year tens of thousands of American workers don't make it home healthy, becoming victims of workplace injuries and occupational diseases, many made ill or permanently disabled. Thousands of workers don't make it home at all.
Unfortunately, nearly 5,000 American workers die every year from job related injuries. Over 50,000 wokers are estimated to die from work-related illnesses annually. Another 4 million are injured at work. These figures serve as a stark reminder of the year's Workers Memorial Day theme: Safe Jobs Save Lives - Keep the Promise Alive
The National Joint Committee on Health & Safety has created these resources for you:
UAW Occupational Health & Safety March 2012 Booklet
2011 Reported Occupational Fatalities at UAW-Represented Workplaces
FMC March Sales for Chicago Assembly PlantVehicles
April 5, 2012
Explorer: 13, 212 Total / 5.8% Increase from March 2011
Taurus: 7,095 / 19.2% Increase from March 2011
Lincoln MKS: 1,689 / 59.3% Increase from March 2011
Police Interceptor Utility: 27 / New
Police Interceptor Sedan: 28 / New
New Plant Manager at Chicago Assembly Plant!
March 26, 2012
Dan Jowiski, Plant Manager Oakville Assembly Plant, has been appointed Plant Manager of Chicago Assembly Plant!
Dan brings to Chicago Assembly Plant extensive experience in Manufacturing Operations and Engineering. During his more than 27 years with Ford, Dan held a number of assignments in Engineering Operations prior to gaining extensive experience in Body and Final assembly operations at Ohio Assembly Plant, Lorain Assembly Plant, and Louisville Assembly Plant. In 2002, Dan was appointed Lean Manufacturing Manager at Kentucky Truck Plant and later transferred to Dearborn Truck Plant where he significantly improved the Quality Operating System, reduced warranty costs and launched the 3-crew work pattern.
Please help welcome Dan to Chicago Assembly!
ATTENTION: B Lot Parking Closure Effective Immediately
March 13, 2012
Beginning with the day shift on Tuesday, March 13th, the “B” Lot will be closed and unavailable for employee parking for up to three (3) weeks. The closure of this parking lot is due to the limited space available for inventory storage.
While the “B” Lot is temporarily closed, additional parking will be available in the Training Center Parking Lot, as well as at the Chicago HVC (12525 S. Carondolet Ave.) located off of 126th Street in the Supplier Park Campus. Parking privileges in the Training Center Parking Lot will be restricted to those employees who have a valid “B” Lot sticker or an approved parking pass. If you park in the Chicago HVC Parking Lot, please use the parking spaces closest to the chain link fence approximately 100 yards from the entrance on Carondolet. Please view this map
if you are unfamiliar with the Chicago HVC building.
Please plan accordingly and understand that this closure is temporary. Your support will help us meet our inventory levels for quarter-end. We will keep you posted on any changes to this plan.
ATTENTION: Additional 130th Street Construction and Traffic Changes Starting Friday, March 9th
March 7, 2012
On Friday, March 9th, the City of Chicago will begin additional construction on 130th Street that will affect travel patterns in and out of the plant. On Friday, 130th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction for an extended period of time.
Effective until May 1st, 130th Street westbound lanes will be closed from the Main Employee Entrance to Torrence Avenue. This section of road will be one way to eastbound traffic only.
- You will not be able to travel westbound on 130th Street from the Torrence Avenue intersection. Coming from Indiana you should use I-94 to eastbound 130th Street.
- You will only be able to make right-hand (westbound) turns exiting the Main Employee Entrance. Vehicles will not be allowed to turn left onto 130th Street from the Main Employee Entrance to travel eastbound on 130th Street.
- There will be a dedicated left turn lane on 130th Street to turn into the Main Employee Parking Lot Entrance.
Below is a suggested detour route around the one-way eastbound traffic between Torrence Avenue and the Main Employee Parking Lot:
- To I-94 West (To Chicago): Travel south on Torrence Avenue to State Street/Dolton Avenue. At State Street/Dolton, turn right and travel westbound to the I-94 West entrance ramp.
- To I-94 East (To Indiana): Travel south on Torrence Avenue to Sibley Avenue. At Sibley Avenue, turn right and travel westbound to the I-94 East entrance ramp.
Additionally, the East section of the Body Side Building Parking Lot be closed starting Sunday, March 4th.
- The entrance to this lot will be closed and the traffic lights near the entrance will not be functioning.
- If you typically park in the Body Side Building Parking Lot, you will be able to park at the west-end of this parking lot where a new entrance and traffic lights will be established. We encourage you to use this lot to park.
- Traffic traveling westbound on 130th Street will not be able to make left-hand turns into the new entrance of this parking lot. You will need to enter this lot by traveling eastbound and make a right-hand turn at the traffic light.
City of Chicago Supports Chicago Assembly Plant with Largest Ford Police Interceptor Order to Date
February 28, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City of Chicago will be purchasing 500 Police Interceptor vehicles from Ford Motor Company over the next five years. Emanuel was welcomed by Plant Manager, Jan Allman and the local Ford Police Interceptor Vehicle Launch team at the Chicago Assembly Plant before making this announcement to the public. Chicago Assembly Plant is the only Ford plant that manufactures the Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs.
The City of Chicago order is the largest order Ford has received to date for these new vehicles. Previously, more than 40 orders from Illinois state and local government had been placed. Emanuel said that the police department would determine the number of SUVs versus sedans purchased and emphasized that given Chicago’s snowy winters, any SUVs purchased would have four-wheel drive.
Emanuel was excited to support Ford’s efforts to put jobs into the City of Chicago and its surrounding neighborhoods. He touted, “It will now be on our streets protecting our residents, protecting our Police Department. This is a win for the taxpayers, a win for the workers, a win for the community on the South Side of Chicago that produces it.”
The mayor’s announcement was followed by a tour of the plant floor during which he met many of the UAW-Ford men and women who build the Police Interceptors.
Police Interceptor vehicle began production in January of this year and added 230 jobs to the Torrence Avenue plant with additional manufacturing and support jobs expected in the future. “The mayor’s visit really helps with our morale, to see the City of Chicago supporting the vehicles we make at Chicago Assembly Plant,” said Pre-Delivery Assembly Line Driver, Heather Hart-Butler said. “This large order from the city is exciting because it helps open up more job opportunities for Ford employees with seniority as well as the new hires that are joining our plant as we transition to a 3rd Shift (or C-Crew).
Hopefully, the City of Chicago’s purchase will help Ford get more orders from other police agencies,” said Hart-Butler who has worked for Ford for 18 years. The mayor shook the hands and exchanged laughs with the Pre-Delivery assembly workers as he thanked them for their efforts and commitment to producing a quality vehicle.
Mayor Emanuel was given a first-hand run down of the Police Interceptor capabilities, styling, and features from Allman. He also was presented with a Local UAW 551/Chicago Assembly Plant engraved baseball bat that employees received at their baseball game summer outing.
The first order of 100 vehicles will hit the streets of Chicago by the end of this year.
You can view photos from the event here!
Chicago to Place $3.5M Order for Ford Cop Cars by Lisa Balde, NBC Channel 5 Chicago - February 24, 2012
Ford Police Interceptor Vehicle Gets Attention at Chicago Auto Show
February 23, 2012
Chicago Assembly Plant was in the spotlight as the show floor of this year's Chicago Auto Show opened for the media on Wednesday, February 8th. The police interceptor vehicles, which began production at the Chicago Assembly Plant this January, were a center of focus at the Ford stand. The interceptor vehicle is offered in two modified versions of the Taurus and the Explorer, both of which are on display for auto show guests to see and experience. This vehicle is made with heavy-duty mechanical components and a different paid job that will not be available to the general public. As this vehicle gains popularity, orders are starting to come in from local Chicago suburbs and we’re anxiously waiting to hear back from the City of Chicago’s bid spec request.
Did you go to the Chicago Auto Show this year? We'd love to hear your stories and see your pictures! Contact Ali Montag (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or email CAPFacts@ford.com
Torrence Avenue Bridge Detours
We have been notified by the City of Chicago that there has been an increase of unauthorized vehicles crossing the railroad bridge over the river at Torrence Avenue, north of the Training Center. Please be reminded that the Torrence Ave bridge and the barricaded construction area near the bridge is a restricted area and is only be used by emergency vehicles and Ford production vehicles. This area is closed to traffic and you should be using the below detour when reporting to and from your shift.
Travel east on 126th Street to Avenue O. At Avenue O turn left and travel north to 106th Street. At 106th Street, turn left and travel west to Torrence Avenue. Click here for a map
Final 2011 Profit Sharing Payment for Hourly Employees
February 9, 2012
Under the provisions of the 2011 UAW-Ford Collective Bargain Agreement, all eligible hourly employees will receive on a final 2011 Profit Sharing payment on March 14th. Please refer to this bulletin
to review your payment distribution options and how to make your election.
Ford Motor Company U.S. Sales Increase 7 Percent in January; Explorer Helps Drive Growth
February 2, 2012
Ford Motor Company U.S. sales totaled 136,710 vehicles in January, a 7 percent increase versus year-old levels. The Ford brand totaled 131,589 vehicles in January, making it the best January sales month for the Ford brand since 2008.
January 2012 Sales Number / Comparison to January 2011 Sales Number for Chicago Assembly Products:
Taurus: 3,447 / 19% increase
Explorer: 9,966 / 35.6% increase
MKS: 741 / 23.3% increase
Safety Stand Down: Body Shop Incident / Pedestrian Safety
Jan. 16, 2012
Taking short-cuts to save a few minutes, just because you have done this a thousand times before doesn't mean it is the correct way – it’s DANGEROUS! On Thursday January 12th, a body shop operator attempted to cross the body main power roll bed conveyor at the upper fender install operation at R31. Due to the speed of the conveyor and associated automation this area is guarded by safety light screens and safety fencing. In the process of traveling over the conveyor the operator cleared the light screen. The two operators on each side did not notice this employee after they stepped out of the light screen and reset the light screen as designed. The employee was struck and pinned to the conveyor by the automation arm in that cell. Now think of the agony that she experienced before she was rescued.
This operator is very fortunate to only received severe bruising from the automated equipment; it could have taken her life. Due to the severity of the injury, this operator spent her night in the hospital receiving medical attention. Chicago Assembly’s culture on safety must change and it needs to begin with everyone.
Post-Holiday Stand Down: Steppin' Out on Walking-Working Surfaces
Jan. 6, 2012
Happy New Year and welcome back to work! We hope you enjoyed your time off. The idea behind this Stand Down message is to emphasize the imporance of Walking-Working Surfaces in and out of the workplace.
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Current Products: Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus & Taurus SHO, Ford Police Interceptor Sedan & Utility, Lincoln MKS
Year Opened: 1924
Product History: Ford Model A, Ford Model T, Ford Delivery Trucks, Armored Cars & Reconnaissance Vehicles, Mercury Sedan, Ford Torino, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Granada, Mercury Cougar, Ford LTD, Mercury Marquis, Ford Taurus X, Mercury Sable, Ford Five Hundred, Ford Freestyle, Mercury Montego
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This month in Ford History...
May 1, 1963: Arjay Miller elected company president
May 3, 1988: Newly expanded UAW-Ford National Education Development and Training Center dedicated
May 4, 1983: The first Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz roll off the line at the Kansas City Assembly Plant
May 5, 1953: The company ore ship, the William Clay Ford, is launched
May 5, 1995: New plant in Valencia, Spain starts producing Zetec-SE engines
May 6, 1953: The first true hardtop convertible design is revealed at a press review of Ford's new Styling Building in Dearborn
May 7, 1953: Ford Archives is formally dedicated at Fair Lane
May 7, 1990: Ford and Fiat agree to combine worldwide tractor, farm and industrial equipment operations via a new holding company--N.H. Geotech n.v. with Fiat owning 80 percent, Ford 20
May 8, 1996: The 1997 Ford Expedition is revealed at Ford's annual stockholders meeting
May 8, 2000: Ford introduces the propane-powered, bi-fuel F-Series Super Duty chassis cab for the 2000 model year
May 9, 1994: Ford Brazil dealers begin selling Ford Taurus models imported from U.S.
May 10, 1956: Ford announces it is organizing a new company, Aeronutronic Systems, Inc., which will design and manufacture weapons systems for the military and related systems for commercial application
May 11, 1953: Operations begin at Oakville Assembly Plant, Canada
May 12, 1953: William Clay Ford elected vice president and manager of Special Product Operations
May 12, 1988: Ford Probe is officially introduced to the public
May 12, 1998: Kentucky Truck to open metal stamping plant for 1999 production
May 12, 1999: The Saarlouis plant in Germany produces its 250,000th Ford Focus
May 13, 1981: Ford Motor Company's Wayne, Michigan assembly plant builds the 250,000th North American Ford Escort
May 13, 1999: Ford Motor Company webcasts its 1999 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
May 14, 1998: 1999 Ford Windstar debuts with segment-leading features and new levels of safety and environmental responsibility
May 14, 1998: Ford Ka introduced in Moscow
May 15, 1967: Ford announces plans to assemble cars and trucks in the Philippine Islands and forms a new subsidiary, Ford Philippines, Inc
May 15, 1998: Ford Motor Company, LLC inaugurates a state-of-the-art service training center in Moscow
May 16, 1924: Ford Motor Company starts its wholly-owned Swedish import company, Ford Motor Company AB
May 16, 1936: Ford Rotunda opens in Dearborn and later burns down on November 9, 1962
May 16, 1995: Ford's 1-millionth world car--a red Ford Contour--rolls off the assembly line at Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri
May 16, 1996: Ford Motor Company increases its interest in Mazda to 33.4 percent
May 17, 1984: Rouge Steel Company breaks ground for $145 million Continuous-Slab-Casting Plant at Rouge complex in Dearborn
May 17, 2000: BMW group and Ford Motor Company announce agreement for Ford to buy Land Rover business from BMW
May 17, 2001: Ford donates $10 million to Northwestern University for new Engineering Design Center
May 19, 1957: Ford announces that construction of the Michigan Proving Ground near Romeo, Michigan involved the largest privately financed earth-moving project in the state's history. A
record 4,000,000 cubic yards of earth--which can be compared to digging 13,000 average-size home basements--were moved.
May 20, 1953: Ford Research and Engineering Center dedicated
May 20, 1994: Last Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz models are built at Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri
May 22, 1985: Merger of Ford and Amcar operation in South Africa completed and new company, South African Motor Corporation (SAMCOR) begins operations
May 23, 1988: Three-millionth North American Ford Escort built at Wayne Assembly Plant
May 23, 1996: Mountaineer, Mercury's first SUV, premieres in dealer showrooms
May 23, 1996: Belarus government, Ford Motor Company, and Ford's dealer in Belarus agree to form joint venture manufacturing company near Minsk to assemble Escorts and Transits
May 24, 1972: The Ford Fiera, a light commercial truck designed for use in the developing nations of Southeast Asia, is introduced to the press during the Transpo 72
May 25, 1965: Mission Control Center in Houston, designed and largely equipped by Ford's Philco subsidiary, is announced
May 25, 1966: Ford announces details of plans to build a $2 million experimental automotive diagnostic center in Dearborn
May 25, 1978: A State of Michigan historical marker is unveiled at the Rouge manufacturing complex honoring the plant's contribution to the automotive industry
May 26, 1927: Last of 15 million Model T's built
May 26, 1943: Edsel Ford, company president and son of Henry Ford, dies at age 49
May 26, 1983: Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz go on sale
May 28, 1992: New plant in Alba, Hungary begins parts production
May 28, 1997: Ford's Atlanta Assembly Plant receives the J.D. Power and Associates 1997 Platinum Award for quality
May 29, 1985: Mazda Motor Company breaks ground for its first American assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan
May 29, 1996: Ford of Korea established to serve dealers in South Korea
May 30, 1996: Two-millionth Ford Explorer produced at Louisville Assembly Plant
May 31, 1965: Ford Motor Credit Company reaches $1 billion in finance receivables outstanding
May 31, 2000: Buffalo Stamping Plant in New York celebrates 50 years of production