Job Creation

Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will launch a pilot program to hire adults with autism on June 1.

Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks, the Dearborn-based automaker said in a news release. The program was developed with Autism Alliance of Michigan — a nonprofit founded by Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at DTE Energy Co. The alliance is funding the training program tied to the jobs.

Ford Redevelopment Plan In Dearborn Estimated At $1.2B

Ford unveiled sweeping plans today to redevelop dozens of buildings in Dearborn that house more than 30,000 employees in a project that will transform the automaker's presence in the city into two distinct campuses over the next 10 years.

The project, which represents an investment estimated at more than $1.2 billion, is intended to give Ford's employees the work environment and technology necessary to design and develop cars of the future.

In some ways, the massive project, in planning for more than three years, is long overdue.

Ford Celebrates Women's Contributions To The Workforce With Special Honor Flight For Original Rosie The Riveters

They were traditional American housewives, mothers and daughters in the 1940s, when suddenly everything changed. Millions of men left home to fight in World War II, and the country needed help to produce the machines of war. An army of women answered the call.
 
They became known as Rosie the Riveters, thanks to a popular film and promotional campaign. In addition to their work on assembly lines, they had a lasting impact on the country, changing perceptions and expanding opportunities for future women in the workforce.
 

Ford Plans to Add Four SUVs Globally in Next Four Years

Ford Motor Co. will add four new SUVs to its global lineup by 2020 to serve what it sees as a dramatic and ongoing shift away from passenger cars.

Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of sales and marketing, announced the plans Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. LaNeve said SUV sales have nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2010, and the growth is driven by consumer preference, not by low gas prices.

Ford Motor Company Joins Forces With Tom Joyner Foundation To Honor Unsung Heroes

Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

Prior to the program’s national kickoff, Ford Freedom Unsung celebrations have taken place over the past four years in Atlanta; Southern California; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco Bay Area.

GM Takes Top Honor in IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards

DETROIT – General Motors was recognized by IHS Automotive today, with its Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer award. The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are presented annually to companies and brands that demonstrate the ability to retain owners over repeat buying cycles.

“GM’s commitment to putting the customer at the center of everything we do is absolute and we know that is key to building owner loyalty,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America.

GM Fort Wayne Assembly Builds 7 Millionth Truck

ROANOKE, Ind. – General Motors’ Fort Wayne Assembly Plant built its 7 millionth pickup truck today with the customer purchasing the blue double-cab 2016 Chevrolet Silverado helping with the build.

Lee Adams, owner of Tri-State Compressed Air in Goshen, Ind., ordered the truck for his sales force from Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, Ind. According to Naquin, Adams’ company has purchased more than 50 Chevrolet trucks and vans since 1982.