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A FIRST AT FORD MOTOR COMPANY: WOMAN PLANT MANAGER

 DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A former junior high school mathematics teacher today made history at Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). She became the first woman plant manager in Ford's worldwide manufacturing system.
 Linda M. Miller was appointed manager of Ford's Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant in the Rouge Manufacturing Complex here. She had been assistant manager of Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 since 1991.
 Ms. Miller succeeds Timothy W. Hornsey, who was named manager of Ford's Essex and Windsor (Ontario) Engine Plants.
 Born in Missouri, Ms. Miller always had an interest in math and was determined to pursue a career in mathematics. She obtained a B.S. Degree in Mathematics from Northeast Missouri State College in 1970, then an M.A. Degree in Mathematics Education at the University of Kansas in 1972 -- both summa cum laude.
 During her college years, she earned two notable awards: a National Science Foundation research grant and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in mathematics.
 Ms. Miller taught math for parts of two years at a junior high school in Kansas, then decided to switch from mathematics to manufacturing when she joined Ford's former Engine Division General Office in 1973 as a quality control analyst.
 She held six different positions there before being promoted to section supervisor of quality control at the Dearborn Engine Plant in 1979. She later became quality control superintendent, then production superintendent at the plant.
 Ms. Miller returned to the General Office in 1983 as supervisor of material cost reduction, and supervisor of engine planning. During that time, she participated on a team that developed the powdered metal connecting rod for use in most future Ford engines. She was promoted to quality control manager at the Dearborn Engine Plant in 1985, then manufacturing engineering manager.
 From 1989 to 1991, she was based in Canada as manufacturing manager of Ford's Essex Engine Plant, followed by the same job at the Windsor Engine Plant.
 To amplify her manufacturing career, Ms. Miller obtained an M.B.A. -- magna cum laude -- in Management at the University of Detroit in 1981.
 The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant manufactures 1.9-liter four- cylinder engines for the Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer, and steel fuel tanks for all Ford Motor Company cars and light trucks. The plant employs more than 1,300 people.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Carroll of Ford, 313-322-1300/
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