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James, Welch and Stuckel introduce resolution honoring Ford’s 100 years in Louisville

Thursday February 14, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204 / 645-1752 

Louisville – It began in 1913, with 17 employees making on average 12 cars a day at a facility on South Third Street (corner of S. Third and Eastern Parkway). One hundred years later, the Ford Motor Company has grown to employ 8,500 workers at two state of the art facilities in Metro Louisville.

On Thursday night, three members of Metro Council introduced a resolution recognizing the partnership that Ford and the city have fostered as the company and its workers move forward in the 21st century.

“In 1913, Ford placed its confidence in Louisville and together, we have created a vision for our community that is strong enough to last 100 years,” says Councilman David James (D-6). “This resolution recognizes Ford’s investment in our city and it also applauds the many people who have helped Ford succeed.”

James and Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Glen Stuckel (R-17) are primary sponsors of the resolution which follows Ford’s progress and growth through the years noting each successful model made in the city. All other Council Member have signed on as added sponsors to the resolution.

From the Model T to the Ford Galaxie to the LTD to the Explorer and now the Escape, the cars carry “Made in Louisville” signs with pride.

The Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road began operations in 1955 and in 2010 Ford retooled the plant to make it one of the most flexible auto assembly operations in the world. The Kentucky Truck Plant is also a part of the resolution honoring Ford. KTP was built in 1969 and is known worldwide for the “F-Series” truck.

“My personal story is that Ford/UAW862 provided my basic needs growing up since my dad, Jim Aubrey, was employed by both Ford and UAW for 46 of those 100 years,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “I am very proud to be a primary sponsor in recognizing this historic occasion.”

In 1941, Local 862 of the United Auto Workers Union formed as the first in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the years since, Local 862 members continue to work with Ford to build the best and most reliable autos in the world.

“Ford doesn’t just provide jobs to workers within its two Louisville manufacturing plants, Ford helps create countless other supplier jobs that help keep our city moving,” said Councilman Glen Stuckel (R-17). “Much of the development and growth in District 17 can be attributed to the existence and Ford, and hopefully that relationship will continue for generations to come.”

David James (D) 6
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Glen Stuckel (R) 17