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FORD'S ROMEO ENGINE PLANT HONORED FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS

 FORD'S ROMEO ENGINE PLANT HONORED FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS
 ROMEO, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company's (NYSE:F)


Romeo Engine Plant has received the 1991 American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Automotive Industry Group Excellence Award.
 ASTD presents the award annually to individuals and/or corporations for outstanding service to the human resource development profession and for research in this field.
 Every Romeo Engine Plant employee -- regardless of his or her job classification -- participates in an extensive 151-hour training program, one of the most comprehensive ever undertaken at any Ford facility.
 "We're very pleased to have ASTD recognize our training program in this way," said Romeo Engine Plant Manager George Pfeil. "We believe we have a first-rate training program in place, so it's very gratifying to have it endorsed and recognized by this organization."
 "Our goal at Romeo is to build world-class engines, and the training our people undertake is a key factor in helping us achieve that objective," said Pete Piccini, chairman of UAW Local 400.
 Employees at the 1.4-million-square-foot Romeo plant build the 4.6-liter V-8 engine which powers the 1992 Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. Production of the Romeo engine began in April of 1990 after the facility was converted from a tractor assembly plant to an engine manufacturing operation.
 The Romeo engine is the highest quality V-8 engine built by any manufacturer in North America. In August, Romeo employees will begin building the 32-valve V-8 engine that will power the Lincoln Mark VIII luxury car that debuts in dealer showrooms later this year.
 Employees at the Romeo Engine Plant operate as self-directed or semi-autonomous teams. The plant is the only Ford facility to operate under a total team concept and is being used as a model for other company operations intending to implement the team concept.
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 /CONTACT: Carolyn Brown of Ford, 313-322-1300/
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