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NEW MANAGER FOR FORD BATAVIA PLANT

 BATAVIA, Ohio, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Mikel (Mike) deIrala has been appointed manager of Ford Motor Company's Batavia Transmission Plant, effective immediately.
 He replaces Alex Ver, who is taking a position as director of manufacturing with Ford ALPHA Simultaneous Engineering in Dearborn, Mich.
 The 43-year-old deIrala had been chief reliability engineer in the Ford Powertrain Operations Reliability and Quality Office since September of this year. Prior to that, he held key manager positions in several Ford Powertrain Operations plants.
 Mr. deIrala joined Ford in 1973 as a product engineer with Ford Chassis Division.
 He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. in international marketing, both from the University of Detroit.
 The Ford Batavia Transmission Plant near Cincinnati has more than 1,800 employees, and manufactures the ATX automatic front-wheel-drive transaxle for the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz, as well as the new CD4E automatic front-wheel-drive transaxle for the Ford Probe, Mazda 626 and MX6, and the Ford Mondeo in Europe.
 Next year, the CD4E transaxle will be installed in two all-new products to be manufactured for the North American market at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant: The Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Vaughn of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-1300/
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