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FORD PARTS AND SERVICE DIVISION TO RELOCATE 700 EMPLOYEES TO DETROIT'S RENAISSANCE CENTER

 FORD PARTS AND SERVICE DIVISION TO RELOCATE 700 EMPLOYEES
 TO DETROIT'S RENAISSANCE CENTER
 DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Parts and Service Division of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will begin relocating 700 employees from its General Office on Schaefer Road in Dearborn to Detroit's Renaissance Center in the second half of 1992.
 The action will bring the total number of Ford employees housed in the downtown facility to more than 2,300.
 "Downtown Detroit has a lot to offer," said Thomas J. Wagner, Ford vice president and division general manager. "After several years of studying various alternatives, we think the existing Ford facilities in the Renaissance Center offer the best office and business environment available.
 "By moving to Tower 300, we will consolidate the sales and service operations under one roof to improve efficiencies, to improve communication and most importantly to increase our ability to serve Ford customers. Additionally it will facilitate cross-functional transfers between Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and Ford Parts and Service.
 "One of our operations -- the Customer Assistance Center -- has been in the Renaissance Center for nearly two years," he said. "So we already know the facility will provide our employees exceptional working conditions."
 In conjunction with Renaissance Center officials, Ford plans to immediately start renovations in Ford's Tower 300 facility to accommodate the addition of the 700 personnel. The employees are expected to begin a phased transition throughout the second half of 1992.
 Presently, Ford Division, Lincoln-Mercury, Heavy Truck Sales Operations, the Dealer Policy Board, Executive Development Center and Ford Glass Division, as well as other staff personnel are located in the Renaissance Center.
 The historic Ford Parts and Service Division General Office Building, which once served as a headquarters facility for Henry Ford, was opened in January 1928. It was the first facility specifically built to house administration staff for the company. The building will be closed for an indefinite period of time while a Ford Motor Land Development study is conducted on its future use. The building will require substantial repairs and renovations.
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 /NOTE: Ford Vice President Tom Wagner will be available to the news media at 1 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 16) in the Renaissance Center on Level 2 of Tower 300 near the entrance to the Detroit Press Club. A group of Ford Parts and Service employees will tour the Renaissance Center and the Ford Tower (300) at 1 p.m. The tour is an initial phase of a familiarization and communications plan for employees moving to the downtown facility.
 CONTACT: Mike Moran of Ford, 313-337-8724/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company; Ford Parts and Service Division ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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