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FORD REPORTS 1991 KANSAS CITY EMPLOYMENT, PRODUCTION, SALES AND CONTRIBUTIONS

 FORD REPORTS 1991 KANSAS CITY EMPLOYMENT, PRODUCTION,
 SALES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
 CLAYCOMO, Mo., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) said today that its Kansas City-area components, in 1991, employed more than 4,700 persons, produced more than 293,000 cars and trucks and contributed more than $4 million in taxes to the state and local economies.
 Ford components in the area include the Kansas City assembly plant, Ford parts distribution center, Ford division regional sales office, Ford parts and service division district office, a Ford Motor credit company branch office and a regional governmental affairs office.
 Ford employees here received more than $175 million in wages and contributed more than $275,000 to the United Way and more than $173,000 to other charitable organizations through Ford's Kansas City community relations committee.
 Ford and the United Auto Workers union (UAW) worked together to raise more than $22,000 for the Salvation Army's annual holiday food drive, making them the largest single contributor to that effort for the eighth straight year. Ford also contributed more than $125,000 to a variety of Kansas City-area civic, cultural, educational and charitable organizations through its Ford Fund.
 Plant highlights for 1991 included the opening in August of a $200 million, 466,000-square-foot paint facility and an increase in truck production from 38 to 45 vehicles per hour.
 The Kansas City assembly plant is the sole source for the sporty new F-Series Flareside pickup and the F-Series SuperCab, a model with an extended cab for additional storage or passenger seating. The Ford F-Series pickup truck has been the best-selling vehicle in North America -- car or truck, foreign or domestic -- for the past 10 years. In addition to F-Series trucks, the plant also builds the popular Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz.
 Statewide in Missouri, Ford last year employed more than 7,500 persons, produced more than 460,000 vehicles and contributed more than $9 million in state and local taxes. Statewide, Ford employees received more than $288 million in wages. Ford's St. Louis assembly plant employed more than 2,600 persons, produced more than 167,000 Aerostar minivans and paid more than $4 million in state and local taxes.
 The two Ford plants help make Missouri the third largest motor vehicle manufacturing state behind Michigan and Ohio. Together, they built more than half of the 874,862 cars and trucks produced in the state last year.
 Ford opened its first Kansas City sales office in 1906 and its first area assembly plant in 1912. The company's Claycomo plant opened its doors in 1951. Ford has built more than 13 million vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1912.
 The Kansas City region's 375 Ford dealers sold 39,691 cars and 30,914 trucks in 1991. The region includes all of Kansas and Missouri and parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois.
 Ford spent more than $555 million with Missouri suppliers and more than $33.7 million with Kansas suppliers in 1991. Ford and its dealers spent more than $7 million in advertising in the Kansas City market last year.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Bright of Ford, 214-528-7120/
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