NEW FORD MUSTANG IN ROUGE PLANT'S FUTURE
NEW FORD MUSTANG IN ROUGE PLANT'S FUTURE DETROIT, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford's announcement that the next
generation of Mustangs will be built in the historic Rouge Plant was heralded as "great news" by the workers and union leadership of the aging manufacturing facility.
According to UAW Local 600 President Jim McNeil, at a news conference today at UAW Local 600 headquarters, Ford's announcement followed "a five-year struggle to gain a commitment for a new product to be built in Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant. We have lobbied in Washington, written letters to members of Ford's board of directors, met with dozens of top Ford executives, and launched a major contract campaign during our last set of negotiations to secure our local's future and our plant." In its last local contract, the union won a commitment that Ford would maintain the Rouge Plant as an integral part of its manufacturing base. Ford also agreed to explore, with the union, the feasibility of building a new product at Dearborn Assembly. Allen Wilson, plant chairman at Dearborn Assembly, stated, "Ford management has made a good decision by investing in the Rouge," and his membership will work to protect this investment by "building a world- class Mustang -- second to none." Both Wilson and McNeil pointed to UAW Vice President Ernie Lofton as a strong "ally" in the struggle to get this new product. Lofton stated, "This announcement assures the viability and survival of not only the Dearborn Assembly Plant but the entire Rouge, and is most welcome." A VICTORY FOR THE COMMUNITY "Also winners in the Mustang story are the surrounding communities. Had the Mustang not survived at Dearborn, thousands of jobs would have been lost directly from the Rouge Plant," said McNeil. "By protecting our jobs and rebuilding our plant, we also protect our schools, churches, neighborhoods and community services." ENTIRE LOCAL TO BENEFIT In addition to the many production and skilled workers throughout the Rouge, and especially in Dearborn Assembly, who will benefit from this new product, there will be other positive spinoffs, McNeil said. Likely benefits, McNeil said, may include: new jobs which will evolve in Dearborn Stamping; increased steel orders to Rouge Steel; trucking opportunities for transportation services; underbody parts built at Dearborn Frame; plastic parts at Ford Milan; window glass from Dearborn Glass; and construction opportunities for Construction Services. McNeil said that nearly all Local 600 members will share in some way the benefit of this new product. ROUGE RENAISSANCE A new product in Dearborn Assembly is also a significant plus in the Rouge renaissance. This "renewal," which began last year with huge investments in Dearborn Glass, McNeil said, provides a stronger foundation for additional modernization and investment in the future. -0- 11/15/91 /CONTACT: Bernie Ricke of UAW Local 600, 313-842-5350/ (F) CO: UAW Local 600; Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: SM -- DE024 -- 1564 11/15/91 12:37 EST
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