DEARBORN - @Ford chatted with several employees this month to hear their opinions on important Ford moments. Now, we'd like to ask you the same. During your time with the company, what do you think will be reflected upon as a key moment in Ford history? Use the comment section to share moment. *Note: The comment function is available inside the Ford firewall.
When Alan Mulally defined for his team the meaning of “One Ford,” suddenly the global nature of the automotive business and the need to drive standardization in order to increase efficiency and buy back the Ford blue oval came into clear focus. What Mr. Mulally did that was significant was to take Henry Ford’s global leadership vision to heart and to make it an expectation of his staff to function seamlessly as a global team. - Janice Goral, VOME, Production Preparation Engineering Manager, 27 years
One of the key moments in my Ford/Visteon career has to be the downturn of the American auto industry in 2008/2009 that required the bailout of GM and Chrysler, and the consolidation or bankruptcy of many of our suppliers. While Ford didn’t have to take any bailout funds, we were forced to make drastic cuts, including the layoff of thousands of good employees. Many people didn’t think the company would survive. - Ed Lustenader, Rawsonville, Engineering Supervisor, 27 years
Without a doubt, the one thing that stands out to me, was when Alan Mulally sat in the congressional hearings in 2008 and told the whole country that Ford Motor Company would not require a bailout. He predicted that our company would once again lead the industry in producing world class products. This was an extremely pivotal point in Ford’s history. - Tom Petrovski, Essex Engine, Engine Assembly Leader, 19 years
The key moment that stands out the most to me was seeing Ford step up to the plate and put up the blue oval for collateral. There are some automakers that will go bankrupt before they release their logo. As a UAW member, we never get back what we gave up, so it was nice to see the Company do this with something as prestigious as their logo. When you see 70,000 trucks sold in May alone, you start to see the fruition of your sacrifices. - Mike Archibald, Dearborn Truck, Pre-Delivery Inspector, 20 years
For myself, a key point in Ford’s history has been Alan Mulally’s introduction of the One Ford Plan, giving the company a clear long term direction. His leadership has led us out of hardship and made us the profitable, successful global brand we are today. - Kathy Salata, Chicago Assembly, Body Engineering Specialist, 26 years
I believe the most defining moment in Ford history was the introduction of the Modern Operating agreement along with the Ford Production System. Never before has the assembly line worker had more control over his/her destiny. It is a sense of ownership for every employee of the company. Ford understood many years ago that we needed to separate our company from the others and bank its success on its most valuable asset, its workers. - Tony Zahuranec, Ohio Assembly, FPS Trainer/Coordinator, 21 years
Ford Motor Company’s life altering moment started when it’s focus shifted to include the car segment. It’s fitting that the first vehicle to launch the new era was named Focus. The ability to develop, implement and produce such high quality cars that are not only stylish but also fun to drive, changed the stigma of being a truck only company. - Tammy Aguilar, Romeo Engine, Team Leader, 18 years