JUNE 2009

Ford invests $550 million to convert Michigan plant

Ford Motor Company is investing $550 million to transform its Michigan Assembly Plant into a lean, green and flexible manufacturing complex that will build Ford’s next-generation Focus small car along with a battery-electric version of the Focus for the North American market.

The plant, formerly the production site for Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators SUVs, is one of three North American light truck plants Ford is retooling to build fuel-efficient small cars. The new Focus will begin rolling off the line next year and the battery-electric version of the Focus – Ford’s first all-electric passenger car – debuts in 2011.

As part of the retooling, Ford will consolidate its operations from the Wayne Assembly Plant. When production launches in 2010, approximately 3,200 employees will be building the new Focus at Michigan Assembly Plant. At the plant, Ford and United Auto Workers are developing modern new operating practices to ensure high quality.

To produce the vehicles, Ford is converting three plants to car plants – Michigan Assembly, Cuautitlan Assembly in Mexico and the Louisville, Kentucky Assembly, which will be converted to produce small vehicles from Ford’s global Focus platform beginning in 2011.