below, from the White House....
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2010
BACKGROUND ON THE PRESIDENT'S EVENT TODAY IN CHICAGO
TOUR & REMARKS AT FORD MOTOR COMPANY ASSEMBLY PLANT
The President will tour Ford Motor Company's Chicago Assembly Plant in Illinois and deliver remarks to an audience of 1,700 employees, industry representatives, elected officials, and community and labor leaders. The Chicago Ford plant has announced plans to add 1,200 new jobs - nearly doubling the size of the current workforce, thanks in part to Department of Energy loan guarantees to invest in clean energy upgrades.
*Backgrounder on Recovery Act Investments in Illinois attached.
Mark Fields is Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company, and President, The Americas, a position he assumed in October 2005. Formerly, Fields served as Executive Vice President, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group (PAG). Prior to that, Fields was Chairman and CEO of PAG. Fields joined Ford Motor Company in 1989. From 2000-2002, he was President and CEO of Mazda Motor Company. He previously held a number of positions in both South and North America, including Managing Director of Ford Argentina.
Jan Allman was appointed Plant Manager at Ford Motor Company's Chicago Assembly Plant in June 2009. Allman came to Chicago from Cleveland where she served as Site Manager for Cleveland Casting and Engine Plants 1 & 2 since March 2007. Allman began her Ford career in June 1986 at Lima Engine Plant. She advanced through the ranks at the Lima Engine Plant and moved on to hold positions at Ford plants in Dearborn and Livonia, Michigan. Before her work in Cleveland, Allman spent two years on an International Service assignment working for the Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe.
Jimmy Settles, Jr. was elected a Vice President of the UAW in 2006, and previously served on the UAW International Executive Board since 2002, when he was elected Director of UAW Region 1A. Settles joined UAW Local 600 in 1968 upon employment at Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Iron Foundry and Michigan Casting Center.
Carlo Bishop was elected President of Local 551 in 2008 and re-elected for a second term in 2010. Bishop has been an active member of Local 551 since he began employment with Ford Motor Company in 1992.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY'S CHICAGO ASSEMBLY PLANT
Provided by Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company's Chicago Assembly Plant opened in 1924 and is home to the reinvented Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus, Ford Police Interceptor and Lincoln MKS. The new, fuel efficient 2011 Ford Explorer will be produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant later this year as a result of a $400 million investment that is adding 1,200 new jobs at the plant. In addition, Ford estimates that the 2011 Explorer will bring more than 600 new supplier jobs to Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. In total, more than 100 companies in 23 states will produce parts for the SUV. The new Explorer will be exported to more than 90 countries, assisting with Ford's overall efforts to increase exports from North America. Currently, the Explorer is the most exported of Ford's North American-made products.
Chicago Assembly Plant
Plant Size: 2.8 million square feet
Employment: 1,600 (1,470 hourly; 130 salaried) on one shift
Products: Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus, Ford Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS
Union Local: UAW Local 551
2009 Production: 71,703 units
Ford in Illinois
Numbers represent Ford's statewide presence in Illinois.
Ford Employees: 2,400 (as of March 2010)
Ford Retirees: 3,300 (as of March 2010)
Ford Suppliers: 362 (year-end 2009)
-- Production Annual Purchases: $1.2B
-- Non-Production Annual Purchases: $125M
Ford Dealership Locations (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury): 173 (year-end 2009)
-- Dealership Employees: 6,200
Registered Vehicles (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury): 1,897,400 (as of July 2009)
Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank
Governor Pat Quinn
Mayor Richard M. Daley
Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
Representative Melissa Bean, D-IL
Representative Danny Davis, D-IL
Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-IL
Representative Mike Quigley, D-IL
Representative Bobby Rush, D-IL
Representative Jan Schakowsky, D-IL
State Senator Toi Hutchinson