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NEW BUSINESS SAVES 560 JOBS AT TWO FORD PLANTS

 NEW BUSINESS SAVES 560 JOBS AT TWO FORD PLANTS
 YPSILANTI, Mich., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees at Ford Motor


Company's (NYSE: F) Ypsilanti and Rawsonville components plants landed new business that will save 560 jobs following hard-fought competitive battles with Japanese and other suppliers.
 The Ypsilanti Plant won a contract to supply Ford's North American Automotive Operations with distributorless ignition systems (DIS) for six-cylinder engines, saving 62 jobs that otherwise would have been lost to suppliers outside of Ford. "Ypsilanti employees show us that Americans measure up against the best in the world," O.B. "Bud" Marx III, Ford vice president - Automotive Components Group (ACG), told Ypsilanti employees at a celebration in the plant's cafeteria today. "Landing this business was a model of teamwork and cooperation among all employees from engineering to production.
 "ACG plants do not have a lock on the Ford order book. Be assured that your efforts swung the business to Ypsilanti." Marx noted that Ford's open bidding system requires internal suppliers to compete against the best outside suppliers to assure innovation, quality and value for the customer.
 Earlier this month, Rawsonville employees won a contract to supply Ford assembly plants with a newly designed wiper motor and engine parts that will save about 500 jobs and add 25 new ones.
 For more than a year, UAW employees at Ypsilanti and Rawsonville separately participated in "no-holds-barred" study teams to identify and implement improvements in work practices, manufacturing process and maintenance. Team members also included product development, management and the plant's suppliers.
 "This collaborative effort with employees and our own suppliers is a model for addressing competitiveness, lowering costs and enhancing understanding and participation in our business development process," Marx said. "We believe it is the only way to do business in today's highly competitive business environment."
 In addition to these programs, new business plans under active consideration could save an additional 300 jobs and create 40 new ones. Plans for Ypsilanti include an expansion of the four-tower DIS and a new camshaft electronic synchronizer. At Rawsonville, plans include new throttle bodies and deactivators, two new alternator designs and expansion of an existing alternator line.
 The new business also will generate investments in machinery and equipment of $35 million at Ypsilanti and $38 million at Rawsonville.
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 /CONTACT: John Emmert of Ford, 313-322-9211/
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