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 LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A $26 million order for a fleet of trucks for United Parcel Service (UPS) now is being completed at Ford Motor Company's Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP).
 UPS Airlines President Dick Oehme and UPS Driver Herman Alfers today drove one of the units off the KTP assembly line. The 1994-model heavy- duty LN 9000, weighing 12,100 pounds, with a 280-horsepower engine and a 150-inch wheel-base, is part of a fleet of approximately 800 units being delivered to UPS.
 The drive-off came after a brief ceremony hosted by KTP Manager George Kormanis and UAW Local 862 Building Chairman Bob Breedlove.
 The fleet includes four different models: P600G stripped chassis for UPS package cars, LN-8000 city delivery vans, and LNT9000 and LN9000 highway tractors for hauling loads between cities.
 Each unit was custom built to UPS specifications. Because of the craftsmanship involved, on average, it takes several days to complete one custom-built truck. The trucks are delivered to customers as they are completed -- in this case, to UPS terminals across the U.S.
 Today UPS officials were presented keys to one of their trucks in a brief cere
 "We invited UPS officials here today to show them our quality up close," said Kormanis. "We believe this order is of special significance to this community as well as KTP. Both Ford and UPS are major employers in Louisville and Ford is pleased to provide outstanding trucks for this Louisville neighbor."
 Ford Motor Company and UPS are two of the largest employers in the state of Kentucky.
 UPS, based in Atlanta, is a worldwide company serving all 50 states and more than 185 countries and territories. With annual revenues in excess of $16.5 billion, and 2.94 billion packages and documents in volume, UPS is the largest package distribution company in the world.
 While this fleet of UPS trucks is being completed, KTP officials are planning another fleet of 100 P600-D chassis for UPS. These future chassis will be for diesel-powered delivery vans.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle or Anne Booker of Ford Public Affairs, 404-577-2277, or Doug Kuelpman of United Parcel Service Public Affairs, 502-329-6514/

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