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FORD PLANT ADOPTS ON-SITE SOLVENT RECYCLING, REDUCING HAZARDOUS WASTE

FORD PLANT ADOPTS ON-SITE SOLVENT RECYCLING, REDUCING HAZARDOUS WASTE
 AVON LAKE, Ohio, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), in association with the Environmental Technology Group (ETG), is the first domestic automaker to implement -- at its Ohio Assembly Plant -- an on-site waste solvent recycling program that reduces hazardous waste.
 Plant officials and representatives of ETG demonstrated the new system at a news conference here today.
 "This technology reduces the generation of waste solvent by more than 60 percent," said David Porter, Ohio Assembly Plant manager. "By using this system, we expect to realize a cost-savings of approximately $450,000 annually."
 Ford and ETG, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., began the mobile on-site solvent recycling effort after a year of extensive quality testing.
 "Historically," explained Porter, "auto plants have shipped waste solvent, associated with the painting of cars or light trucks, either off-site for disposal or recycling. By recycling the waste solvent on-site, the plant minimizes extra handling and potential spills in the transportation of these materials."
 The solvent recycling, which occurs in a 48-foot mobile trailer, is accomplished through a patented horizontal thin film evaporation process.
 In addition to the environmental benefits, Porter noted, the recycled waste helps improve the quality of the plant's raw materials.
 "Since the solvent doesn't leave the plant," he said, "there isn't an opportunity for foreign contaminants to be added as can often happen with off-site recycling."
 Extensive early sampling and testing, as well as two production scale trials, were held at the plant to confirm that both safety and quality would not be compromised.
 The plant, which employs about 2,215 people, manufactures Ford Econoline and Club Wagon bodies and the new Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Sopata or Bill Carroll of Ford, 313-322-1300/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company; Environmental Technology Group ST: Ohio, Michigan IN: AUT CHM SU:


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