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Old 05-14-2003, 05:42   #1 (permalink)
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Ford's 100th Anniversary Is Coming

MONTREAL, Qué., May 13, 2003 – Ford will commemorate its 100th anniversary June 16, 2003, and plans are well underway to celebrate this historic milestone. To help share the company's history, a touring display, called the "100th Anniversary Experience," will visit key events and locations in the United States and four cities in Canada.

Today the celebrations are being held in Montréal and we invite the public, as well as Ford Motor Company employee and dealer to experience 100 years of Ford history. Vehicle for then and now will be displayed highlighting many of the company's accomplishments over the past century.

Everyone is invited to travel into time and visit the Ford display at L'Esplanade of La Place des Arts in Montréal.

"The company's centennial offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on our many past accomplishments," said Alain Batty, president and chief executive officer of Ford of Canada. "But it also challenges us to look ahead and create a vision for continuing success in the future."

Ford's 100th anniversary programs will be targeted primarily at key audiences such as company employees, dealers, suppliers, Ford car clubs and enthusiasts. But interest in the centennial of the company is widespread.

The main communications channel is the company's 100th anniversary Web site, which can be accessed through ford.com. The Web site features stories about Henry Ford, the Model T and the Rouge complex, along with other facts and information.

Ford has touched the lives of people in virtually every corner of the world. Not only has Ford been a driving force in the auto industry, but it has had a major impact on society with revolutionary concepts such as the moving automotive assembly line and the $5-a-day workday.

Ford Motor Company is a unique business success story. Ford vehicles continue to hit a chord with customers. We are proud of our realizations and we want to celebrate this historical event with the people that share our enthusiasm.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is the world's second largest automaker with approximately 350,000 employees, and operating in more than 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Hertz and Quality Care. The company's world headquarters are in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company will officially observe its 100th anniversary June 16, 2003. Additional information can be found on the company’s Web site at www.ford.com.

About Ford of Canada

Ford of Canada’s operations include a national headquarters, six regional offices, six vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, two parts distribution centres, and affiliates including Ford Credit, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover and Hertz. Ford employs more than 16,000 people, while an additional 21,000 are employed in 502 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across Canada. In 2002, revenues for Canadian operations were $23.3 billion, making Ford of Canada one of the country's largest privately-held companies. Since 1990, Ford has invested nearly $9.5 billion in its Canadian operations. For more information, please visit www.ford.com.
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Old 05-14-2003, 10:54   #2 (permalink)
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FORD TAKES CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION ON THE ROAD; ALBUQUERQUE FESTIVITIES TO BE 'OUT OF THIS WORLD’



In the spirit of their founder who put the world on wheels, Ford Motor Company executives are reaching out to 100 North American communities – including Albuquerque – as part of Ford’s 100th anniversary celebration.

On Thursday, Al Kammerer, Ford Motor Company’s executive director in charge of SUVs and Body-On-Frame vehicles, will be in Old Town to host "Red Moon Family Fest" at LodeStar Astronomy Center, 1801 Mountain Road NW.

Courtesy of Ford, the first 600 people at LodeStar Astronomy Center from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday will be given access to a free 30-minute planetarium show and an opportunity to view the total lunar eclipse – dubbed the Red Moon – through LodeStar’s state-of-the-art telescopes. The free planetarium shows begin at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. Throughout the evening event, Ford will offer free MoonPies to all who attend – and special prizes for Ford trivia contest winners and those sporting the best celestial-themed costumes. In addition, LodeStar staff members will provide games and activities for children.

"We wanted to thank the people of Albuquerque for helping make Ford Motor Company what it is and to provide a unique way for the community to help us celebrate our centennial, which only happens once in a blue moon," Kammerer said.

The event also is special for LodeStar Astronomy Center, a University of New Mexico project in partnership with the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

"This marks the first time that we’ve been able to host a public viewing of an eclipse – and this one will be great to see," said David Beining, LodeStar’s director. "As the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, sunlight diffusing through the earth’s atmosphere will bathe the moon in a dull reddish color."

Special community-based celebrations such as the one in Albuquerque are only fitting, Kammerer said. After all, Henry Ford was one of the first to tour the great American landscape regularly with friends, including fellow historical figures Thomas Edison and John Burroughs.

This summer, executives also are meeting with Ford employees and retirees, Ford dealers and suppliers, students and local media to reflect on the impact the company has had on the world since 1903. That impact includes revolutionizing transportation, starting with the affordable Model A's and Model T's, and redefining industrial processes with the moving assembly line.

The 100-city road show is a prelude to Ford's gala hometown celebration in Dearborn, Mich. The Road is Ours Centennial Celebration from June 12-16 is expected to draw thousands to the grounds of World Headquarters.
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