Ford celebrates 1 millionth Mustang built at Flat Rock

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Flat Rock Assembly Plant Celebrates Producing One-Millionth Ford
Mustang As Year 50 Begins
-Nine years after Ford Mustang production moved to Flat Rock, Mich.,
Flat Rock Assembly Plant celebrates producing one million of these
iconic sports cars
-Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for product development,
commemorates the occasion by riding off the line in a Ruby Red 2014
Mustang convertible accompanied by a senior plant employee
-Ford celebrates 49 years of continuous Mustang production with more
than 8.5 million of America's favorite sports cars produced
FLAT ROCK, Mich., April 17, 2013 ? Happy Birthday Mustang! Forty-nine
years to the day after its 1964 debut in New York, the iconic sports
car celebrates another milestone: One million Mustangs have rolled off
the line at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant since production moved
there in 2004. Ford is celebrating this milestone as year 50 of
continuous Mustang production gets under way at Flat Rock Assembly.
Raj Nair, group vice president for global product development, today
rode off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in a Ruby Red 2014
Mustang convertible. Nair was riding shotgun with Ed Salna, material
planning and logistics manager at the plant. Salna is a 27-year
veteran of Flat Rock Assembly, starting work there more than a year
before the plant produced its first car.
"Mustang is one of the most beloved nameplates in the industry,
with fans around the world and throughout Ford Motor Company,"
said Nair. "The team here at Flat Rock Assembly has built an
outstanding reputation for quality while producing one million
Mustangs over the last nine years, and we expect that to continue for
many years to come."
Ford has built Mustangs near its home base in Dearborn, Mich. for 49
years. The car was built at Ford's famous Rouge factory, just a few
minutes from company headquarters, for four decades before moving a
few miles south to Flat Rock in 2004.
Introduced in April 1964, Mustang proved to be far more popular than
anyone expected, prompting Ford to add production capacity outside
Michigan. By early 1965 plants in Metuchen, N.J. and San Jose, Calif.
were also building Mustang. Less than two years later, on Wednesday,
March 2, 1966, the one-millionth Mustang rolled off the line in
Dearborn. To date, Ford has produced and sold more than 8.5 million
The launch of Mustang production at Flat Rock coincided with
introduction of the then all-new fifth-generation model ? first in the
series to get a dedicated platform. In addition to the standard V6 and
the V8-powered GT model, Mustangs coming out of Flat Rock Assembly
Plant have included several special editions and race cars:
-In 2006 Flat Rock built a limited run of black and gold Shelby GT-H
coupes for Hertz rental fleets to commemorate the 1966 Shelby GT350H
rental car
-2007 brought the debut of the Shelby GT500 Mustang developed by SVT
with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 producing 500 horsepower, the most
ever for a Mustang then
-For the 2008 and 2009 model years, the Mustang lineup included the
Bullitt, inspired by the car driven by the title character in the 1968
film of the same name
-For the 2012 and 2013 model years, Flat Rock built the
track-optimized Boss 302
-The Flat Rock line has produced numerous competition versions of
Mustang including the FR500, Boss 302R and the extremely successful
Cobra Jet drag racer
The Flat Rock factory has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it
opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built the Mazda MX-6. In
1992 Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the plant and it was renamed
AutoAlliance International. Over the years Flat Rock Assembly has
produced the Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe. In
addition to Mustang, Flat Rock will add production of the Fusion sedan
later this year.
"Flat Rock has gone through an amazing transformation over the
past year," said Tim Young, plant manager, Flat Rock Assembly
Plant. "We've invested $555 million including a state-of-the-art,
fully flexible body shop and an upgraded paint shop to make sure we're
continuing to build the best of the best for the next one million
"The one-millionth Mustang is a true testament to the hard work
and dedication of the Flat Rock Local 3000 membership," said Tony
Bondy, UAW Local 3000 chairman. "It's been great building an
iconic American car since 2004, and with the introduction of Fusion
along with our new plant upgrades, we will keep building world-class
quality in Flat Rock for years to come."
Ford is adding 1,400 jobs and a second shift at Flat Rock Assembly
Plant to support new Fusion production as part of its plan to add
12,000 hourly jobs in the United States through 2015.

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