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FORD PLANT GETS A NEW NAME: OHIO ASSEMBLY PLANT

 FORD PLANT GETS A NEW NAME: OHIO ASSEMBLY PLANT
 AVON LAKE, Ohio, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new year, with a new


product, Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) plant here will have a new name.
 Plant Manager David Porter announced today that the name of the former Ohio Truck Plant has been changed to Ohio Assembly Plant.
 "In April, we will begin to assemble the new Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans, while we continue to build bodies for the Ford Econoline Van and Club Wagon," said Porter. "Because the Villager will be sold by Lincoln-Mercury Division dealers as a multi-purpose passenger vehicle -- a people-mover -- not just a truck, we believe the name change will help portray this image, and reflect the multi-line capability of the plant."
 The plant, opened in 1974, is now undergoing its fourth expansion -- an increase of 2.1 million square feet to a total of 3.2 million square feet on more than 400 acres. A new final assembly line for the Villager, plus new body and paint facilities are included in the $1 billion that Ford has invested in the Villager project.
 The plant conducted a name-change contest last year among the 2,000 hourly and salaried employees, resulting in close to 200 entries. John (Bill) O'Malley, an hourly plant services employee, and Jerry Weyer, a salaried quality analyst, suggested the Ohio Assembly Plant name.
 They were recognized by Porter and others at a plant ceremony today, in which a banner was unfurled -- revealing the new Ohio Assembly Plant name. As prizes, O'Malley and Weyer received $100 savings bonds and dinners for two at an area restaurant.
 "All of us at the plant -- employees and management -- have been proud to be called 'truckers' for 18 years ... and we're proud of the achievements at the plant during its long and productive history," said Porter. "But, of course, times change ... and we feel a name change is necessary now."
 About 1,600 additional jobs are being created by the plant's expansion project, and about 300 of them have been filled already. The rest of the positions will be filled gradually throughout the year -- leading up to the start of a second Villager shift at the plant in September. The aerodynamic, front-wheel-drive minivan will go on sale in the summer.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Carroll or Dave Caplan of Ford, 313-322-1300/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Ohio, Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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