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NEW INVESTMENT, NEW EMPLOYMENT FOR FORD'S KANSAS CITY ASSEMBLY PLANT

 NEW INVESTMENT, NEW EMPLOYMENT FOR FORD'S KANSAS CITY ASSEMBLY PLANT
 KANSAS CITY, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford will produce an all-new, mid-size car at its Kansas City Assembly Plant beginning in mid-1994, employees at the plant were told today.
 Hank Nickol, vice president and general manager of Ford's North American Vehicle Operations, said the car will be the North American version of the Ford Mondeo recently announced for production by Ford of Europe. The vehicle will be sold in two different versions through Ford and Lincoln-Mercury franchised dealers in North America.
 Presently, the Kansas City plant produces the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz cars and Ford F-Series pickup trucks.
 Mr. Nickol said Ford will invest more than $375 million to expand, re-tool and re-equip the Kansas City plant for production of the new vehicle. Approximately 200 jobs will be added at Kansas City which presently has a work force of about 4,200 men and women.
 Mr. Nickol was at the Kansas City plant today to present two highly- sought-after awards to employees at the facility.
 Mr. Nickol, United Automobile Workers Union vice president and director of the National Ford Department, Ernie Lofton, and Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft presented the Ford Q1 Quality Achievement Award and the Preventive Maintenance Excellence Award to employees at the facility.
 Early last month, the car assembly system at Kansas City was singled out as the most productive car assembly facility in North America in a report published by Troy, Mich., manufacturing consultants Harbour and Associates. The truck system was ranked sixth most productive of the 27 North American truck assembly facilities rated by the consulting firm. Ford plants were judged to be the most productive of all manufacturers.
 This new investment is the second major program for the Kansas City facility since 1989. A new $200 million paint plant, measuring 446,000 square feet, was commissioned in August 1991.
 Construction of a more than 100,000-square-foot addition to the plant is nearing completion in preparation for special body shop tooling for the new vehicle lines. The addition will increase the size of the plant to 3.2 million square feet.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Bright, 214-528-7120, or Bert Serre, 313-322-1185, both of Ford/
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