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FORD MOVES AHEAD ON PLANT-EXPANSION PLAN

 FORD MOVES AHEAD ON PLANT-EXPANSION PLAN
 LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company


(NYSE: F) today announced it will proceed with its $650 million plan to build a 1-million-square-foot addition to its Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP).
 At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Ford officials joined with representatives of government and the United Auto Workers to get the new project under way.
 The 3.0-million-square-foot facility, located on Chamberlain Lane, remains Ford's sole producer of medium and heavy trucks. Ford plans to hire 1,400 new employees to staff the addition when production of trucks over 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) is added, beginning in 199 ? The plant presently employs 2,200 people.
 TEAMWORK CITED BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, LABOR AND FORD
 Present for the groundbreaking were: Brereton Jones, governor of Kentucky; David Armstrong, Jefferson County judge, and Joan Riehm, Louisville deputy mayor - development.
 Also present were Edward Hagenlocker, Ford vice president - general operations, North American Automotive Operations; George Kormanis, KTP manager, and Will Burden, president of UAW Local 862.
 "In April Ford proposed a major KTP expansion," recalled Hagenlocker. "However, we said very frankly that we needed support by government and labor before it could become a reality. Both obviously were as interested as Ford in expanding the plant and increasing employment. Everybody comes out a winner."
 Gov. Jones said, "This is a good day for Louisville and for Kentucky. Thousands of families are the real beneficiaries. We applaud Ford's partnership with government and Ford's harmonious labor- management teamwork. It's the way we love to do business in Kentucky."
 Burden of the UAW said, "UAW Local 862 worked closely with Ford to help the expansion become a reality. Both parties gained from a cooperative effort by labor and management."
 FORD MOVE HAS HELPFUL RIPPLE EFFECTS
 Dr. Paul Coomes of the Economics and Finance Department of the University of Louisville cited a favorable spinoff effect from KTP expansion. "Because of the large number of companies which supply parts for trucks built at KTP, the plant's addition of 1,400 jobs translates into a total of 4,300 additional jobs in the greater Louisville area, including adjacent portions of Indiana," he said.
 "And the plant's additional $60 million payroll is transformed into a total of $100 million in payrolls throughout the community."
 PROJECT TO HAVE TWO PHASES
 Plant Manager Kormanis outlined the two-phase timetable of the expansion, hiring and production plans.
 Phase one, representing Ford's investment of $350 million, covers 600,000 square feet. It will include a 285,000-square-foot new body shop, expanded paint facilities and a new trim and pre-delivery area, totaling 315,000 square feet.
 Construction of phase one will begin in August. Its first products will roll from the assembly line in October 1993 at a rate of 300 trucks per day. They will be F-Series Super Duty trucks, F-350 Chassis Cabs and F-350 Six Man Crew Cabs.
 Phase two construction, representing a Ford investment of $300 million, will begin in 1993 for completion in early 1995. It will consist of a 400,000-square-foot paint facility.
 "This new paint shop will use new technology that will result in the lowest available emission levels," Kormanis pointed out.
 He said phase two of production will allow Ford to add a second shift at the plant. Phase two production will consist of the same vehicles built in phase one, plus Super Cabs over 8,500 pounds GVW and other F-Series trucks over 8,500 pounds GVW. This will allow the production rate to increase to 900 trucks per day.
 Production capacity will increase by 200,000 light trucks per year, in addition to the present KTP capacity of close to 70,000 medium/heavy trucks.
 FORD NOTES HIRING AND TRAINING PLANS
 Ford said that persons interested in employment openings at KTP should apply through the Kentucky Department of Employment Services. The plant will not take applications.
 Kormanis added, "An extensive training program will be implemented not only for new hires but also for present employees. A training coordinator will work with KTP to develop a plan for training hours and a syllabus of subjects including job-related as well as other skills."
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 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle of Ford, 404-577-2277/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Kentucky, Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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