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November 24, 1987 | Associated Press
The Ford Motor Co., one of the biggest American companies in South Africa, has agreed to disinvest from the country but will still sell vehicles here, officials said today. Ford has a 42% interest in the South African Motor Corp., known as SAMCOR. The giant U.S. auto maker will donate 24% to SAMCOR employees and sell the remaining 18% to the Anglo American Corp. and its subsidiaries, Anglo said in a statement.
September 14, 1987 | Associated Press
Former President Gerald R. Ford will testify Tuesday in favor of Robert H. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court, Sen. Strom Thurmond's office announced today. Ford will appear at the opening session of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, according to Thurmond, the South Carolina senator who is the ranking Republican on the panel. Former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger also will testify for Bork.
August 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. said its finance unit planned to reduce vehicle leasing because of declining resale values for large pickups trucks and SUVs. The drop in those values "has made leasing vehicles less economical than in the past," Ford said in a regulatory filing. The Dearborn, Mich., company joins competitors such as General Motors Corp. and BMW in cutting back on such contracts. Chrysler's finance arm stopped offering them Aug. 1.
September 15, 1985
Your article "Ford to Lay Off Another 600 Workers" (Sept. 7), with its accompanying photo by Mark Boster of a worker driving out of the Ford parking lot with his children, evoked memories of Depression photos by James Agee and Walker Evans. In those faces are fear, fatigue, frustration and submerged anger. How can Ford so summarily dump their hourly employees with less than two days' notice while the company receives full payment for all of the Sgt. York weapons--even those they will never build?
September 17, 1986 | United Press International
Former President Gerald R. Ford, expressing support for President Reagan's proposal to impose drug testing on an estimated 1 million federal employees, said he would take a drug test "under any circumstances at any time." Ford rejected suggestions that tests of federal workers would deny workers due process of law or violate their Fourth Amendment rights. He spoke to reporters before delivering a lecture at the University of Dayton commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Constitution.
September 9, 1986 | Associated Press
Former President Gerald R. Ford can't seem to shake his reputation for clumsiness. He was in the Detroit suburbs Monday to speak at a GOP fund-raiser. When he finished taking questions from reporters, Ford smiled and backed into a low-hanging chandelier. He wasn't hurt, but the incident added to a list of minor accidents ranging from getting knocked over by a chair lift while skiing and hitting a spectator with a golf drive to stumbling on an airplane ramp.
May 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian added $100 million to his line of credit to finance his bid to boost his stake in Ford Motor Co., according to a government filing. Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. said it might borrow as much as $600 million from Bank of America Corp., up from a potential loan of $500 million. Kerkorian has offered $8.50 a share for as many as 20 million shares of Ford's common stock, a cash offer worth as much as $170 million. If he succeeds, his stake in the automaker would rise to 5.5% from 4.7%.
January 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. has sufficient liquidity to weather an economic downturn, even if the economy worsens, Chief Executive Alan Mulally said. Mulally said Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford initially believed it would need $17 billion for restructuring and to cover losses, but it raised $23 billion, giving it a cushion. Mulally said he didn't know whether he had enough time to fix Ford, though he was confident in its restructuring plan that called for a return to profitability in 2009. The CEO's comments came two days before the automaker expects to announce the details of another round of buyout and early-retirement packages for hourly workers when it reports its 2007 earnings and future projections Thursday.
April 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
For most drivers there's a lingering doubt when changing lanes on the freeway: Did I miss a car in the blind spot? Starting early next year, Ford Motor Co. will try to eliminate that doubt. It will begin installing side-view mirrors on its vehicles that show the blind spots in the outside upper corners. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said it knew of no other automaker offering the feature. Ford says it will put the mirrors on a few Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models to start, eventually making them standard across most of its lineup.
January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. is expected to offer a new round of buyouts to all of its 54,000 hourly workers in the U.S., a move that could trim thousands of jobs and pave the way for lower-wage replacements. Under the Dearborn, Mich.-based company's new contract with the United Auto Workers, which was reached in November, the company can replace employees taking the buyouts with workers who would be paid $14.20 an hour, or about half the wage of a current worker. Under the contract, as much as 20% of Ford's U.S. hourly workforce could be paid the lower wages.
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