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And remember, if you have any questions or comments, please email LAPtalk@ford.com!
LAP Employee Recognition Program!
Want to recognize a fellow employee for any of the following reasons?
- Accomplishments within the facility; support of SQDCPME
- Accomplishments within their community; i.e., charitable work
- Anniversaries, retirements and other milestone events
Complete a form (located in side pocket of LAPTalk Drop Box) and drop it in the Drop Box. Nominations will be reviewed by the LAP Communications Team and if nominee is chosen, recognition will be given the following month.
March of Dimes
Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, and more than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects. Thankfully, the March of Dimes is there to help. March for Babies — the nation’s premier walking event — raises awareness and funds to support lifesaving research and innovative programs that help prevent premature birth and improve the health of babies.
Louisville Assembly Plant wants to raise awareness of the March of Dimes mission and of our participation in March for Babies. Louisville Assembly Plant is looking for employees who have been touched by the March of Dimes mission to be Ambassadors and help spread the message about the organization’s efforts to improve the health of babies.
An Ambassador Family is one who has benefited from March of Dimes research or programs, and is willing to share their personal story with employees of our company by speaking at meetings and events.
You have been touched by the March of Dimes if:
- You or your baby received a polio vaccine
- Your baby was cared for in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU)
- Your baby was born prematurely and received the advanced care that the March of Dimes has researched, funded and supported
- You are aware that women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid to decrease the risk of neural tube defects
- You are aware that alcohol, tobacco and drug use during pregnancy can result in serious health problems for moms and babies
- Your baby or a baby you know suffered from respiratory distress syndrome and received lifesaving lung surfactant therapy
If you believe you would be a great Ambassador, please contact Tami Hatfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 502-357-6141 to support our efforts and march to help babies.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
Saturday March 9th 3:00 p.m.
Louisville Assembly Plant will be the Emerald Sponsor.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday & Tuesday March 11 & 12th.
7-2 & 5-9
Please tell your supervisor if you are interested in giving.
Plant-wide NCAA Tournament Bracket
Brackets will be available on Monday March 18th.
Please visit cafeteria 12:00 – 12:30 a.m. & p.m. Monday through Thursday to submit your bracket.
$10/bracket. 50% of proceeds will benefit March of Dimes.
City and State Recognize 100 Years of Ford History in Louisville
Updated: March 7, 2013 (@Ford Online)
Ford Motor Company began making Model T’s in its Louisville plant in 1913. Henry Ford himself had just formed the company 10 years earlier. Gas, if you believe what you read on the Internet, was just a few pennies per gallon, not a few dollars per gallon as it is now. Read Full Story.
Profit Sharing for Hourly Employees
Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 (@Ford Online)
Under the provisions of the 2011 UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining Agreement, all eligible hourly employees will receive a Profit Sharing payment on March 14, 2013. Read Full Bulletin.
Escape Retail Sales Up 40% Year Over Year and Total Sales Up 16% Year Over Year – Best January Ever!
Updated: February 5, 2012
• Through January 27th, share of segment was 13.5%; highest since the launch of the 2013 Escape at LAP and up 1.8 points year over year
• Escape conquest sales increased to 51%, up 6 points. (51% of Escape buyers turned in a non-Ford product)
• January sales of high series mix rates (SEL & Ti) 48% and the Titanium series is turning the fastest at 33 days on lot
• Ecoboost engine sales were 85% (1.6L – 41% and 2.0L – 44%)
• Technology features remain in high demand and sell fast; Hands Free Liftgate is on 39% of all retail sales and Active Park Assist is on 20% of retail sales
• Escape continues to transact at the highest in the segment @ $26,039, followed very closely by CRV at 25,903
Thanks again for building the best quality vehicle we can build and as fast as we can to meet customer demand.
LAP’s Nathan Noel Redeployed to AfghanistanUpdated: December 3, 2012
Nathan Noel, a 45-year-old electrical engineering transmission tech at Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP), is no stranger to the armed forces. Noel initially served in the Army Reserves from 1985 until 1993. While in the Reserves, Noel was hired by LAP. By 2006, Noel had begun to worry about the future of the plant. He had always wanted to reenlist, so this seemed like the best time. Read Full Story.
Ford’s 2013 Escape Model Won the First-Ever Popular Mechanics “Car of the Year” Award Updated: November 15, 2012 (The Point Daily)
Ford Motor Company’s (NYSE:F) 2013 Escape won the first Popular Mechanics “Car of the Year” award. The 2013 Ford Escape won the award not only because it ended first in multiple categories evaluated by the editors of the magazine, but also due to its affordability as it is available for just $23,230. Read Full Story.
Ford and UAW Partner to Build Ramps for Disabled in LouisvilleUpdated: October 31, 2012 (Examiner.com)
It’s not for nothing that Louisville is known as the country’s most compassionate city. Ford Motor Company and UAW Local 862 announced today a $50,000 donation to the Metro United Way for the Wayne Vickers Memorial Wheel Chair Ramp Project in Louisville to build 25 wheelchair ramps for disabled residents across the city. Read Full Story.
Ford and Local UAW 862 to Build Ramps for Disabled Updated: October 31, 2012 (WHAS11-LOU: ABC)
Includes interview with wheelchair recipient Rhonda Clark, who exclaims "The guys at Ford Motor. I love them to death." View Full Video.
EcoBoosts at SEMA: Ford Prepares Two 2013 Escape Crossovers for SEMA ShowUpdated: October 22, 2012 (automobilemag.com)
A pair of 2013 Ford Escape crossovers will be debuting at this year’s SEMA show but, other than the fact that they are both powered by the EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine, share very little in common. Now that we’ve taken a glimpse at Ford’s plans at SEMA for modified Ford Fusions and Focuses, it’s the Escape’s turn. Read Full Story.
Ford Active Park Assist Technology in New Escape Shown Off in D.C. Updated: October 19, 2012 (WRC-News4: NBC)
Reporter Liz Crenshaw reports on Ford's Active Park Assist technology in the new Ford Escape. Watch Full Video.
Redesigned 2013 Ford Escape is Much Improved, Fun to DriveUpdated: October 17, 2012 (consumerreports.org)
The redesigned Escape marks a dramatic improvement over the dated, unrefined model it replaces, elevating the model to the upper echelon of small SUVs. Read Full Story. Ford Small Car Sales Reach Decade High; Escape has Best-Ever September; Ford F-Series Hit Best September in 5 YearsUpdated: October 5, 2012 (@Ford.com)
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 2, 2012 – Ford delivered U.S. sales gains across its vehicle portfolio in September, with cars up 2 percent, utilities up 9 percent, and F-Series trucks up 1 percent. Read Full Press Release.
Ford Escape Record Sales Fueling the Success of Louisville Assembly Plant Updated: October 5, 2012 (WDRB-TV (FOX) Louisville, KY)Watch Full Video!
Ford Fiesta Was September's Best-Selling Car Updated: October 5, 2012 (AutoBlog)
The Ford Fiesta continues to be the car of choice for UK drivers. According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the Blue Oval shifted 18,651 units of the little supermini during September - the month which saw the new "62" registration appearing on number plates. Read Full Story.
Consumers Reports praises Escape, raps Fisker Karma
Updated: September 26, 2012 (The Detroit News)
Washington — Consumer Reports on Tuesday issued a new review praising Ford Motor Co.'s new 2013 Escape, while harshly criticizing the plug-in hybrid electric sports car Fisker Karma. Read Full Story.
2013 Ford Escape, Acura ILX, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ Named Top Safety Picks
Updated: September 12, 2012 (Automobile Magazine)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Saftey has named four new 2013 models to its list of Top Safety Picks: the all-new 2013 Ford Escape, Acura ILX, and the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. Read Full Story.
2013 Ford Escape Review
Updated: September 10, 2012 (2wired2tired)
For the past couple of weeks we’ve had the chance to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape. We were really excited about this opportunity because our SUV is on its last legs and we will soon be in the market to replace it. Driving the Escape for an extended period allowed us to see how it would fit into our family on a daily basis and whether it would be the right car for us. Read Full Story.
Ford Escape: King of its Class
Updated: September 7, 2012 (CNN Money)
With great performance, fuel efficiency, and cool options, believe it or not, Ford's all new Escape Titanium is the small SUV to be beat. View Full Video.
Ford Sales Jump 13 Percent in August; 1,300 Jobs Added in Louisville
Updated: September 5, 2012 (Business Journal)
Ford Motor Co. sold 197,249 vehicles in August, a 12.6 percent increase from the same month a year earlier. Read Full Story.
Ford: Record Escape Sales Drive 13% Vehicle Sales Increase in August
Updated: September 5, 2012 (MLive Media Group)
DEARBORN, MI- Ford Motor Co. today credited its newest model as a driving force for the company’s 13 percent sales increase in August. Read Full Story.
2013 Ford Escape: Why You Need To Look Beyond Gas Mileage
Updated: September 3, 2012 (Green Car Reports)
Ford’s all-new 2013 Escape compact crossover may have only been on sale for a few months, but it is already proving a strong seller at Ford dealerships across the U.S. Read Full Story.
Quick Drive: 2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6 EcoBoost
Updated: September 3, 2012 (Winding Road)
Ford’s EcoBoost engines have become something of a known quantity, their combination of performance and fuel economy making them a tremendous success for Ford. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a great V-8 replacement under the hood of the F-150, Flex, and Taurus SHO, while the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost is set to make a splash in the performance-oriented Focus ST, along with the more mundane Taurus, Escape, Edge, and Explorer. Read Full Story.
Ford 'Insources' Escape Ads By Featuring Actual Employees
Updated: September 3, 2012 (Forbes)
Ford’s new marketing campaign for its 2013 Escape crossover-utility vehicle extends the company’s focus on “real people” by basing TV ads on the exploits of actual Ford employees. And their contributions deepen Ford’s devotion to its new “Go Further” brand positioning for both external and internal audiences. Read Full Story.
Escape's Front Seat to go Global
Updated: August 23, 2012 (The Detroit News)
Ford Motor Co. is known for its strategy of reducing its vehicle platforms across the globe. And now the Dearborn automaker is reducing structural costs inside the vehicle, starting with the front seats. Read Full Story.
Ford Brand Looks to Move Upscale
Updated: August 20, 2012 (Automotive News)
The 2013 model year is crucial for the brand. Two of Ford's three biggest sellers, the Escape crossover and Fusion mid-sized sedan, have been redesigned dramatically. Along with the F-series pickup, these vehicles are the heart of the Ford lineup.
Read Full Story.
Test Drive: 2013 Ford Escape is All-New, With Sleek Looks
Updated: August 3, 2012 (USA Today)
Ford Motor remade its Escape compact SUV so thoroughly that only the name and one engine carry over into the 2013. Read Full Story.
A Look at the 2013 Ford Escape Crossover Vehicle
Updated: August 3, 2012 (World News Resource)
Ford’s compact crossover, the Escape, was first launched in 2001, back when the term “crossover” wasn’t yet in vogue when talking about vehicles that combine the elements of a traditional car and a sports utility vehicle. Read Full Story.
Driven: 2013 Ford Escape
Updated: August 1, 2012 (Automobile Magazine)The Ford Escape helped define the compact crossover when it debuted at the dawn of the millennium, and although it had become uncompetitive in recent years, Ford's marketing muscle kept it at or near the top of the sales charts. Read Full Story.
Escape Louisville Billboard
Updated: June 8, 2012
Have you seen the all new Escape Louisville Billboard? If not, be sure and check it out! Where you can find it:
- East/South I-65 North of Crittenden Drive facing South
- I-65 @ 837 South Brook facing South
- I-264 @1357 Gardiner Lane facing West
- I-65 North of Kentucky facing North
- See picture here!
Ford To Work With Dealers At NASCAR Event (stocksandshares.tv)
Updated: June 4, 2012
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has decided to team with company dealers to support Kentucky Speedway’s race day traffic management. Read Full Story.
Ford Escape: Kick Up Your Suburban Heels (The Wall Street Journal)
Updated: June 4, 2012
If you've ever seen an episode of "So You Think You Can Dance?" you know that most of America can't. Dance, that is. So the newly redesigned Ford Escape should make things interesting. Read Full Story.
Ford Seeking Qualified Hourly Skilled Trades Personnel
Updated: June 1, 2012
At Ford Motor Company, our manufacturing team enables our plants and facilities to produce world-class products for customers around the world. Our employees are the driving force behind our success. Read Full Bulletin.
Ford Escape Takes Turbo Into Crossover Lane (Boston.com)
Updated: May 31, 2012
Ford has released a series of good-looking cars with excellent mileage lately. The redesigned 2013 Escape joins the pack: No matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find anything significantly wrong with it. Read Full Story.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Japan (UAW/Ford Joint Letter)Updated: May 30, 2012
The automotive industry in the U.S. continues to gain strength as investment and jobs in manufacturing are leading the recovery. Each employee has played a critical role and partnerships with the Administration, federal, state and local governments have supported the industry as it returns to profitability. Together we have much to celebrate, but we must also ensure that the manufacturing recovery is not short-lived and has a solid foundation in the years ahead. Read Full Letter.
Video Find: 2013 Ford Escape Handsfree Liftgate Tested (Truck Trend)Updated: May 29, 2012
To prove the 2013 Ford Escape's Innovative hands-free liftgate only opens when the driver wants it to, the company subjected it to a variety of tests, including a dog retrieving a thrown stick, a roll-away basketball, and other common scenarios owners may encounter. Read Full Story.
2013 Ford Escape (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Updated: May 29, 2012
Ford has always had a knack for doing trucks. Even some of its cars looked like trucks. The prime example was the Ford Escape. It looked like a truck-based sport utility vehicle, not unlike its bigger sibling, the Ford Explorer, though it really was a high-rider wagon, what the industry now calls a crossover. Read Full Story.
Ford 2013 Escape Knows When to Keep its Hands-Free Liftgate Shut (Chip Chick)Updated: May 29, 2012
Future owners of the Ford 2013 Escape can open the liftgate on the back of their vehicle with a small kicking motion. As awesome as that sounds for when you have your hands full (as pictured), I’m sure you can imagine many more scenarios where that idea could go horribly wrong. Read Full Story.
Investment Grade Bulletin (Ford Corporate)
Updated: May 23, 2012
This afternoon, Moody's Investors Service announced its decision to upgrade Ford Motor Company to Baa3 stable outlook, or investment grade. Read Full Bulletin.
Ford Workers Who Will Build Escape in Louisville Now in 'Simulated Factory' Training (The Lane Report)
Updated: April 5, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 3, 2012 – Today’s manufacturing technology and the products rolling off the assembly line are more complex than ever. At the same time, customer expectations for product quality and reliability are higher than ever. That’s why the team at the transformed Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) is committed to achieving top-notch quality levels from the time the very first all-new 2013 Ford Escape is produced. Read Full Story.
LAP and KTP Collect Donations for Tornado Relief (In the News Bulletin)
Updated: March 19, 2012
UAW Local 862, Kentucky Truck Plant and Louisville Assembly Plant partnered to collect donations for the devasting tornado that struck the area. Read Full Story.
Watch the 2013 Ford Escape Get Real, Win One (Motor Trend)Updated: March 19, 2012
Want to see what happens when the Ford Escape steps away from the commercial fluff and starts getting real? Well, then tune into NBC reality show, “Escape Routes,” when it premieres at the end of this month, where you will be able to see the all-new 2013 Ford Escape show its true colors. Read Full Story.
2013 Ford Escape Audio System Tuned to Pop Hits (Complex Rides)Updated: March 19, 2012
Using a diverse mix of music, ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Jay-Z, Ford's audio engineers have tuned the audio system of the 2013 Ford Escape, evaluating tonal balance, ensuring the highest quality bass, and widening the system's sound stage. Read Full Story.
How Does Ford "Go Further" (Ford Bulletin)Updated: March 19, 2012
For the past four years, Ford Motor Company employees across the globe have been living by the tenets of the One Ford plan, including working together to provide customers with a full portfolio of vehicles that deliver on the four pillars of the Ford brand: Quality, Green, Safe and Smart. Read Full Bulletin.
Chicago Auto Show Video: 2013 Ford Escape Hands-Free Power Tailgate Technology Demo (TFLCar.com)
Updated: February 10, 2012
The 2013 Ford Escape is all new and with the new small Crossover comes a new Ford technology from the European Ford C-Max. Read Full Story.
Ford Debuts Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System on 2013 Escape (Automobile Magazine)
Updated: February 7, 2012
The Ford Escape has long had an option to send power through all four wheels, but the automaker promises that the new model will offer a more adept drive system when the 2013 Escape goes on sale later this year. Read Full Story.
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Newsletters from LAP
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LAP Event/Holiday Calendar
- April 27 - Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon/Marathon
- May 11 - March for Babies (March of Dimes)
- June 8 - Walk for Wishes (Make-A-Wish)
- August 24 - Walk for a Cure (JDRF)
- August 25 - Ford Ironman
- September 21 - Kentuckiana Heart Walk (AHA)
- October 12 - Race for the Cure (Susan G. Komen)
Current Products: 2013 Escape
Year Opened: 1955
Product History: LTD, Skyliner, Mazda Navajo, Ranger, Explorer, Mountaineer, Sport Trac, Escape
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