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Ford Motor solicits employee ideas

Oct. 25, 2005 at 4:19 PM

DETROIT, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- With sales lagging, Ford Motor Co. has turned to employees for advice, actively seeking ideas to turn North American operations around.

The Detroit News says salaried employees received an e-mail from North American division president Mark Fields Friday asking them to share any good ideas with senior management.

"The response has been strong," a Ford spokesman told the News. Ford lost $284 million in the third quarter, its first quarterly loss since 2003, and plans significant job cuts, plant closings and health care benefit cuts for hourly UAW-covered workers.

President and CEO Bill Ford Jr. challenged employees to share their suggestions last month. "This is not something that's the flavor of the quarter. This is a commitment I think for many years, and it is a cultural change," Ford said.

The News said Ford and his staff were examining the ideas and he was expected to unveil a major restructuring in January.

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