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FORD BOARD VISITS COMPANY'S TWO LOUISVILLE PLANTS

 FORD BOARD VISITS COMPANY'S TWO LOUISVILLE PLANTS
 LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of


Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) this week held its monthly meeting in Louisville, home of Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) and Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP).
 Board members yesterday toured LAP, which builds the Ford Explorer, a compact utility vehicle; the Ford Ranger, a compact pickup truck, and, for Mazda dealers, the Mazda Navajo utility vehicle. Today the Ford officials toured KTP, which produces medium and heavy trucks.
 Ford plans to spend $650 million for a 1-million-square-foot expansion of KTP. If approved following talks with government, UAW and Ford officials, the expansion would add production of F-250, F-350 and F-Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs. Ford could hire an additional 1,400 employees at the 3.0-million-square-foot plant.
 The expansion plan is part of a $3 billion new-product program by Ford's North American Automotive Operations.
 The 2.6-million-square-foot LAP will receive a $78 million investment for equipment and tooling to build the redesigned 1993 Ranger.
 UAW local 862 represents employees at both Louisville plants. Each facility has earned Ford's Q-1 Quality Achievement Award, Ford's highest recognition for outstanding manufacturing excellence.
 These two plants in 1991 employed 5,900 persons, produced 433,000 trucks and paid $246 million in wages and $24 million in taxes.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle of Ford, 404-577-2277/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Kentucky IN: AUT SU:


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