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Governor, Mayor Say Ford Plants Vital to State and City Economies

Wednesday December 3, 2008

Rally planned for 10:30 a.m. Thursday

Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson say the two Ford plants in Louisville are too important to the economy to fail – and they will join Ford executives for a rally tomorrow morning at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

The rally comes as executives from the big three American automakers meet with Congressional leaders to determine the best way to keep the companies, and the millions of jobs they support, afloat.

Beshear said the automotive industry supports about 87,000 jobs in the state.

“We cannot let the automotive industry fail,” Beshear said. “It would be devastating to Kentucky’s economy – and to Louisville’s vitality.”

“Ford and Louisville are family – and in many ways our prosperity depends on one another,” Abramson said. “Ford employs 5,400 people locally. They are our third largest taxpayer to local government. The ripple effect of Ford goes far beyond the Kentucky Truck Plant and the Louisville Assembly Plant.”

Beshear and Abramson will join local Ford leaders, along with Ford suppliers and dealers, for a rally at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kentucky Truck Plant, 3001 Chamberlain Lane.

“Ford has a plan for its future, both nationally and in Louisville,” Abramson said. “It’s about making smaller, more fuel efficient cars – and it’s about making them in our hometown.”