NANJING, China — To celebrate its traditional family day, Ford REC, the company’s Research and Engineering center in Nanjing, transformed itself into a car-themed amusement park last Sunday to welcome employees and their families.
Over 1,000 people joined the fun including Ford employees, their kids, spouses and other family members, participating in outdoor activities, learning about Ford’s history and culture as well as meeting with people from all over the world. The event was the second major family event the company had in Nanjing.
“Today we’re not only here to celebrate our own families but also the broader Ford family,” said Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO, Ford China, at the opening ceremony.
“My family has been a big supporter to me during my career. In the 35 years I have had with Ford, I have worked in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and now APA,” added Schoch. “Without their support, I couldn’t have done it.”
Schoch travelled to Nanjing from Shanghai with John Lawler, chief financial office, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa to join the event. Lawler was recently appointed as chairman and CEO, Ford China, effective December 1, 2012.
“For those of you whose family members work at Ford, I want to personally thank you on this special day,” said Lawler. “A career at Ford takes a lot of time and energy, especially given what we want achieve with Ford in China. It’s your support that really helps to make it happen.”
A large number of activities were arranged during the day to cater for different interests. At the “amusement park” outside the main building, children played outdoor games like Angry Birds, Inflated Castle, Rainbow Ocean and Happy Ring Toss. There were also games for older kids and adults, like the Table Football, which allowed participants to team up for a small scale football game.
The office building of Nanjing REC was also fully decorated to display Chinese folk arts and Ford technologies. Participants had the opportunity to engage in various traditional Chinese activities like paper cutting, sugar painting and calligraphy. They also joined activities like Ford Jigsaw Puzzle to know more about Ford cars while competing for prizes.
“The day was fantastic. Everyone had a lot of fun and it was brilliant to show my family not just where I worked, but to introduce all the great friendly people I work with! ” said Marc Trainer, C Car Vehicle Line Quality Manager, Ford REC (Nanjing).
“I came with my wife for the family day. It was well organised and we liked the music, atmosphere and games.” said Andy Pan who came with his wife for the family day.