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CASTING PLANT MANAGER BIDS FAREWELL TO FORD AFTER 35 YEARS

 CASTING PLANT MANAGER BIDS FAREWELL TO FORD AFTER 35 YEARS
 CLEVELAND, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The year was 1957 -- and the world was poised for change as then President Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to send troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce a federal desegregation order.
 The nation's first underground atomic test would be conducted in Nevada that year, and a promising young senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy would win a Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage, his collection of biographies.
 That same year, 25-year-old Al Bush, fresh from Ohio's Baldwin- Wallace College, went to work at Ford Motor Company's Cleveland Casting Plant in Brook Park as a work standards engineer. He would spend the next two decades in a variety of jobs at the plant before being named assistant plant manager.
 Following assignments at other Ford casting facilities in the United States and Canada, Bush returned to the Cleveland Casting Plant in 1986 as manager of the 1.6 million-square-foot facility which manufactures cylinder blocks, heads, manifolds and crankshafts for Ford engines.
 Bush retires at the end of this week after 35 years with Ford.
 "I take tremendous pride in the fact that I'm retiring as manager of the same facility in which I began my career at Ford," Bush said. "The Cleveland Casting Plant is one of the five largest foundries in the world, and it has been a wonderful place to work."
 Tim Duperron succeeds Bush as manager of the Cleveland Casting Plant. Duperron, who is married to Linda Miller, assistant manager of Ford's Cleveland Engine Plants, was formerly manufacturing manager at the Dearborn (Mich.) Engine Plant.
 "As a customer, we will certainly miss the expertise and the dedication that Al Bush gave to the Cleveland Casting Plant," said Gifford Brown, manager of Ford's two Cleveland Engine Plants. "His knowledge and ability to stabilize and improve the casting process was invaluable to us in improving our customer satisfaction."
 George Booth, general manager of Ford Motor Company's Casting Operations agreed:
 "Al Bush has made many significant contributions to the Cleveland Casting Plant and Ford's overall casting operations, and he will be missed for his extensive expertise in this complex and changing business," Booth said.
 Indeed, the business is changing, said Bush, adding that one of the greatest changes he witnessed during his 3 1/2-decade-long career is the recent rapid implementation of computer technology to control complex casting processes used to convert raw materials into finished products, assuring higher-quality castings.
 "I will certainly miss the people and dynamics of this operation. I've had the opportunity to see how our foreign and domestic competition competes in the casting business and it's clear that Ford is a world- class player."
 During his career, Bush served as a national director of the American Foundrymen's Society and the Foundry Educational Foundation. In addition to the many contributions Bush made to the casting business, he was also an ardent supporter of community activities.
 The Greater Cleveland Boy Scout Council recently honored Bush, a Cleveland native, for his efforts with the Friends of Scouting Campaign and his leadership in developing the Automotive Campaign into the largest single campaign in the manufacturing sector of the Cleveland Boy Scout's Council.
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 /CONTACT: Carolyn Brown of Ford, 313-322-1300/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Ohio IN: AUT SU: PER


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