DEARBORN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- William Clay Ford, who helped steer Ford Motor Company into the modern era as an employee, director and influential member of the Ford family, died this morning at his home from pneumonia.
Mr. Ford, 88, served as Director Emeritus, Ford Motor Company and was the last surviving grandchild of the company’s founder, Henry Ford.
Mr. Ford served Ford Motor Company for 57 years as an employee and board member, playing a pivotal role in shaping the company for more than half of its 110-year history. He was elected to the Board of Directors on June 4, 1948, and began his employment with the company after graduating from Yale University in 1949. In 1957 he was elected chairman of the Design Committee, a post he held for 32 years. Throughout his career, he was instrumental in setting the company’s design direction, overseeing the development of a number of classic vehicles, including the Continental Mark II, considered by many to be one of the most iconic cars ever built.
In 1978, Mr. Ford was elected chairman of the Executive Committee and appointed a member of the Office of the Chief Executive. He was elected vice chairman of the Board in 1980 and chairman of the Finance Committee in 1987. He retired from his post as vice chairman in 1989 and as chairman of the Finance Committee in 1995. He retired from the board and was named Director Emeritus on May 12, 2005.
Mr. Ford is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Firestone Ford; daughters Martha Ford Morse (Peter), Sheila Ford Hamp (Steven), and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis (Charles); son William Clay Ford, Jr. (Lisa); 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community,” said William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.”
“Mr. Ford had a profound impact on Ford Motor Company,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “The company extends its deepest sympathies to the many members of the extended Ford family at this difficult time. While we mourn Mr. Ford’s death, we also are grateful for his many contributions to the company and the auto industry.”
Mr. Ford had numerous associations and roles outside of Ford Motor Company. He became president of the Detroit Lions football team in 1961. He purchased the team in November 1963 and served as its chairman until his death. He also was a dedicated and generous philanthropist and community leader.
He was chairman of the board of trustees of the Henry Ford Museum from 1951 to 1983, after which he was named chairman emeritus. Mr. Ford served as a director of the Detroit Economic Club, was an honorary life trustee of the Eisenhower Medical Center and a national trustee for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America. He also was an honorary chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and served on the Texas Heart Institute National Advisory Council.
In 1996, Henry Ford Hospital opened The William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine, a leading sports medicine treatment and research institution. In 1997, the outdoor courts of the University of Michigan’s new tennis center also were named in his honor. The largest donor in history at the Henry Ford Museum, the Great Hall of the museum – The William Clay Ford Hall of American Innovation – also was named in recognition of his support.
Funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in the name of William Clay Ford to the Henry Ford Museum at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. 48124 or to Dr. Scott Dulchavsky’s Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Health System at 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, Mich. 48045.
In honor of Mr. Ford’s memory, Ford Motor Company locations in the U.S. will lower their American and Ford flags to half-staff for a 30-day period. Ford locations outside of the U.S. will follow local custom.
For additional information, timelines, photos and video on Mr. Ford’s life, visit media.ford.com.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Power management company Eaton and Cummins Westport, a joint-venture company of Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT/TSX: WPT), today announced an integrated powertrain package for the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine that will provide customers with the first automated transmission to be paired with a spark-ignited natural gas engine in the North American market. The powertrain will combine an Eaton UltraShift® PLUS automated transmission with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.
ISX12 G (Photo: Business Wire)
Speaking at a media event today at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Technology & Maintenance Council meeting, executives said this product announcement is a continuation of the long-standing collaboration between Eaton and Cummins, and builds upon the announcement one year ago of the SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain package for the Cummins ISX15 diesel engine. With the interest in alternative fuels driving more fleets to integrate natural gas engines into their portfolio, this product will meet a growing market need while providing best-in-class technology.
“Providing our customers with the product offerings that meet the needs of their operation is what this collaboration is about,” said Lori Thompson, Cummins Vice President – Truck and Bus OEM Business. “We are delighted to provide an integrated package to customers who desire natural gas power paired with an automated transmission in their fleets.”
“We are proud to be able to offer North American fleet customers the first automated transmission to be integrated with a spark-ignited natural gas engine, which shows the level of customer commitment our teams are focused on providing,” said John Beering, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Vehicle Transmission Business, Eaton. “We are confident that our customers will find this powertrain an excellent value compared with other automatic transmission alternatives.”
The UltraShift PLUS automated transmission offers maximum power capacity, superior acceleration and low-speed maneuverability. Paired with the ISX12 G, the new powertrain package will be available for limited application release for linehaul and regional haul in mid-2014.
The Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine with heavy-duty durability is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel engine, and operates on 100 percent natural gas, which can be carried on the vehicle in either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) form. Ideally suited for regional haul applications, the ISX12 G has a robust power band at 1500-1800 rpm, and delivers excellent responsiveness, with peak torque at 1200 rpm. This industry-leading heavy-duty natural gas engine is available with horsepower of 320 hp to 400 hp (239-298 kW) with 1450 lb-ft (1966 N•m) peak torque.
The powertrain package benefits include:
- Intelligent shift selection software for performance and efficiency improvements
- Better launch and shift decisions through grade sensing, weight computation and driver throttle commands
- Hill Start Aid, which prevents rollbacks when engaged, reduces risk and simplifies operations for even the most inexperienced drivers
- Tailored shift logic enables efficient operation and enhances braking performance
The Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine can now be paired with either the UltraShift PLUS automated transmission or the Eaton Fuller Advantage Series manual transmission. Customers can rely on the proven service support offered today through Eaton’s unparalleled Roadranger® team of sales and service professionals and Cummins extensive distributor and dealer service and support network.
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit eaton.com.
About Cummins Westport
Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Cummins Westport is a joint venture of Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems, and Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT/TSX: WPT), a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and biofuels such as landfill gas. For more information, visit www.cumminswestport.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Power management company Eaton, along with Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), today announced that their popular SmartAdvantage Powertrain package is being expanded to include applications for the ISX12 diesel engine and ISX15 SmartAdvantage applications up to 110,000 lb gross vehicle weight (GVW). The product, which initially integrated an Eaton Fuller Advantage™ Series Automated Transmission with the Cummins ISX15 engine, has been embraced by customers since its launch last year, while receiving industry accolades as a top new product.
ISX12 SmartAdvantage (Photo: Business Wire)
Speaking at a media event today at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Technology & Maintenance Council meeting, executives from both companies said that the product announcement is a continuation of the long-standing collaboration between Eaton and Cummins, and builds upon the announcement one year ago of the SmartAdvantage Powertrain for the ISX15 engine. Over 80 customers have taken delivery of trucks with the SmartAdvantage ISX15 package or have orders pending, with many confirming that their expectations in fuel economy improvements have been met or exceeded under real-world operating conditions.
“Cummins and Eaton continue to collaborate on powertrain solutions for the North American on-highway markets that we serve,” said Lori Thompson, Cummins Vice President – Truck and Bus OEM Business. “The latest SmartAdvantage Powertrain offerings are a natural extension of the initial product, and will provide customers with the fuel economy and productivity improvements they desire, along with a broad range of applications to meet their specific hauling needs.”
“The level of integration and advanced technology in the SmartAdvantage Powertrain delivers a package that both fleet owners and professional drivers are thrilled with,” said John Beering, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Commercial Vehicle Transmission Business, Eaton. “Our teams continue to receive feedback from our customers and, in turn, deliver the kind of integration between the transmission and engine that is best-in-class in the North American heavy-duty truck market.”
Designed to meet the increasing demands of fleets seeking lighter-weight vehicles, the new SmartAdvantage offering will pair the Eaton Fuller Advantage Series 10-speed Automated Manual Transmission with the Cummins ISX12 diesel engine. It will be offered as a small-ratio-step overdrive model with two new Cummins ISX12 SmartTorque2 (ST2) ratings: the ISX12 370ST2, with torque of 1150 lb-ft to 1450 lb-ft (1559-1966 N•m), and the ISX12 425ST2, with torque of 1350 lb-ft to 1650 lb-ft (1830-2237 N•m). Through a combination of hardware and software enhancements, the powertrain package benefits include:
- Integrated power, fuel and shifting strategies to provide an estimated 2 percent to 4 percent fuel economy improvement for regional haul applications;
- Optimized engine and transmission communications and new control logic, enabling further engine downspeeding in the overdrive position, and the effective use of direct-drive technology in operational conditions required for a blend of perfect efficiency.
Eaton’s Fuller Advantage Series transmissions have lower overall package weight and improved reliability due to the elimination of the cooler. Combined with the use of aluminum for the rear transmission housing, range cylinder, shift bar housing and the shift tower – and a thin-wall cast-iron main case design – the new transmission weighs 82 pounds less than Eaton’s UltraShift® PLUS LAS base model. A new Precision Lubrication system for precise and efficient transmission lubrication further enhances fuel economy by reducing churning losses.
The new engine and transmission combination has been designed specifically to work smarter to maximize fuel economy benefits. Cummins new ISX12 ST2 ratings are the next generation of today’s SmartTorque ratings, and precisely manage the power needed for the load demand. Vehicle Acceleration Management (VAM) is a patented Cummins electronic feature that manages vehicle acceleration for smoother shifting. The feature contributes to fuel economy benefits in stop-and-go duty cycles found in regional haul applications.
This newest SmartAdvantage powertrain package will be available in the fall of 2014, and is currently undergoing field testing, with initial test results confirming a 2 percent to 4 percent fuel economy improvement, depending on duty cycle and application. Customers can rely on the proven service support offered today through Eaton’s unparalleled Roadranger® team of sales and service professionals and Cummins extensive distributor and dealer support network.
Eaton and Cummins continue to collaborate on expanded offerings to cover more market segments, including the ISX15 SmartAdvantage in operations over 110,000 lb GVW for customers seeking to maximize driver comfort and productivity in their operation. The joint validation of the products is being conducted with planned release later in 2014.
More information on the SmartAdvantage Powertrain can be found at smartadvantagepowertrain.com.
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees, and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit eaton.com.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013. Press releases can be found online at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at http://youtube.com/cumminsengines.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 9, 2014) - Quebecor announces that, following his decision to enter politics, Pierre Karl Peladeau resigned this morning as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Quebecor and Chairman and member of the Boards of Directors of Quebecor Media and TVA Group. Quebecor also confirms that Mr. Peladeau has promised to place his financial interests in the Corporation in a blind trust or under a blind management agreement if he is elected to Quebec's National Assembly on April 7. As of today, Mr. Peladeau will no longer take part in any decisions respecting the Corporation's daily or strategic management.
Francoise Bertrand, Chairperson of the Board of Quebecor, and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Vice Chairman of the Board of Quebecor, issued the following statement: "Quebecor employs 12,000 people in Quebec and nearly 16,000 across Canada. As one of the Canada's largest private employers, our priority is to create shareholder value."
"We will continue managing Quebecor in the interests of all shareholders, including the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec," said Robert Depatie, President and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor Media. "Quebecor has always been responsive to its customers' needs and that will remain our priority. Through our strong brands, such as Videotron, TVA, Le Journal de Quebec, Le Journal de Montreal, Sun Media, Archambault and many others, we will continue delivering the best possible customer experience."
Finally, Quebecor management wishes to stress that the newsrooms of its media properties will continue to operate fully independently and to defend the public interest. Coverage of the current Quebec provincial election campaign will continue to be fair and impartial towards all political parties and candidates.
Quebecor, a Canadian telecommunications, entertainment and news media leader, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.
Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is firmly based in Quebec. It holds a 75.36% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs nearly 16,000 people in Canada.
A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Martin Tremblay Vice President, Public Affairs Quebecor Media 514-380-1985 firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Québecor Inc.
(PRWEB) March 09, 2014
Ronald Edwards, a professional writer, has completed his first book “A Little This, A Little That, A Little Rap”: a gripping and potent journey through the emotions and experience of a true renaissance man.
About his introspective new work Edwards says: “I have been inspired by an array of both emotions and reality. I hope my readers enjoy this collection of serious and thought-provoking poems in my first book ever published.”
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Ronald Edwards’s poignant words transcend the physical plane and reside in a realm of pure creation melded from the intelligence and soul of a powerful writer.
Although life on the streets may be difficult and horrifying, Ronald Edwards’ poetry about coming up from them and finding his own way to success is anything but. Capturing the realness and the truth of what happens day in and day out in the world Ronald Edwards uses poetic brilliance to shine a light on drugs, disease, and bad decisions.
Without fear, Edwards approaches topics from which other poets may find themselves shying away. With great force and sincerity, Ronald Edwards holds no punches as he tells the stories about, A Little This, A Little That, A Little Rap.
Readers who wish to experience this mesmerizing work can purchase “A Little This, A Little That, A Little Rap” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.
For additional information, review copies or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.
About Page Publishing
Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.
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