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EDISON BUILDS NEW RANGER

 EDISON BUILDS NEW RANGER
 EDISON, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 150 newly hired workers


joined other plant employees and officials of the United Auto Workers in a ceremony today at Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) assembly plant here to mark the start of production of Ford's new compact truck, the 1993 Ranger.
 The addition of the new employees to the plant's work force was part of the extensive activity which began at the plant last June to prepare the facility for production of a completely re-designed version of Ford's popular compact truck.
 At today's plant celebration, Gerald Minor, manager of the Edison Assembly Plant, accompanied by Earl Nail, chairman of the United Auto Workers Local 980, hailed the achievements of the plant employees and the UAW as the new Rangers rolled off the final assembly line.
 "The plant's transition to production of the new Ranger was successfully accomplished because of the spirit of cooperation and dedication to quality that exists among all our Edison employees," Mr. Minor said. "We're determined to build nothing less than the best at this plant and the result of that commitment is clearly seen in the high quality trucks you see coming off this line," he added.
 Mr. Minor noted that the company invested more than $70 million to re-tool and re-equip the Edison plant for production of the 1993 Ranger.
 "That expenditure," he explained, "involved largely the installation of new equipment and assembly systems, including six welding robots and a series of new conveyors to transport materials to assembly workers."
 Mr. Minor pointed out that the near $75 million cost of retooling the Edison facility was part of an overall $650 million the company spent on developing the 1993 Ranger. The Ranger, which has been the nation's best-selling compact truck, will continue to be also assembled at Ford plants in Twin Cities, Minn., and Louisville, Ky.
 In preparation for production of the new truck, Edison workers were given special instruction in new assembly operations. Several hundred Edison employees received further training at the Ford plants making Rangers in Kentucky and Minnesota while others spent time at suppliers' facilities to become familiar with new parts and materials. Overall, Edison's employees had more than 20,000 hours of special training for building the 1993 Ranger.
 The Edison plant was last retooled during the summer of 1990 when the plant underwent a massive conversion from production of cars to trucks. That major retooling of the facility, which cost $300 million, was followed by the start of production of the Ranger truck at Edison in September 1990. Previously, for ten years, the Edison plant assembled Ford's popular sub-compact car, the Escort.
 The Edison Plant, Ford Motor Company's flagship facility in New Jersey, is situated on a 78 acre site on Route 1. With the added 150 new employees, the plant has approximately 1,600 employees working on two eight hour shifts five days a week. The 1.5 million square-foot Edison facility supplies the Ranger truck to Ford dealerships in the eastern United States and parts of Canada.
 Last year, the plant paid wages totalling almost $53 million with real estate and sales taxes in excess of $2 million. Edison's average expenditure for local goods and services is $10 million.
 From the time the plant opened in May 1948, until it started building light trucks two years ago, the Edison Plant assembled more than 5 million cars, including Lincolns, Mercurys, Comets, Falcons, Mustangs, Pintos, Lynx and Escorts.
 More than 145,000 Rangers have been built at Edison since it started truck production.
 The Ranger truck, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of the sales in the compact truck market, had its debut in 1982. In its ten year history, more than 2,800,000 Rangers have been sold, and another 300,000 sales are expected during the 1993 model year.
 The 1993 Ranger, which goes on sale next month, is offered in regular and SuperCab models with suggested base retail prices of $9,644 and $12,229, respectively.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Olbricht of Ford Motor Company, 212-265-2790/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: New Jersey, New York IN: AUT SU:


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