FLAT ROCK, Mich. – With the launch of the all-new Mustang quickly approaching, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields took the time to express his excitement for the sixth generation pony car by visiting Flat Rock Assembly Plant last week.
“Wherever I go people are talking about the all-new Mustang,” Fields said to members of the Flat Rock team on Friday. “The anticipation is building and I know the team here is up to the challenge of manufacturing the best Mustang yet.”
Fields visited several work stations throughout the plant’s final assembly area, introducing himself, posing for photos and giving a few high-fives. To Rafig Hassan, final assembly team member, meeting the new CEO in-person was a memorable and morale-boosting experience.
“It was great,” Hassan said, who exchanged several handshakes with Fields during his visit. “He was so down-to-earth and a regular guy. It was wonderful that he took the time to personally come down and shake our hands and get to know us. It was just so great.”
Fields ended his visit with a brief wrap-up for the leadership team at the plant.
“The biggest thing that struck me was the team members,” Fields said at the end of his visit. “You can really feel the excitement and enthusiasm for the new Mustang. There’s a great team here. I’m excited for the future of our products and they are, too.”
For Plant Manager Tim Young, Fields’ visit was a testament to the vital role the plant plays in one of Ford’s largest launch years in history.
“Having our new CEO take the time to personally meet our team is a great morale booster and reminder of why we do what we do,” said Young. “We’re launching the next generation Mustang and that’s something you don’t get to do every day. The Mustang isn’t a car someone purchases out of necessity but out of desire and Mr. Fields’ excitement for our product has resonated through the plant. We all truly thank him for taking the time to visit the plant.”
From left: Tim Young, Rochel Lindsay, Dave Pericak, Gary Polakowski, Dave Johnson, Mark Fields, Rafig Hassan, Ryan Wheeler, John Savona, Gerard Keen, Bruce Hettle, Marcy Fisher, Fred Hallway.