Ford's Supplier Diversity Development Program: 35 Years of Empowering Minority, Women and Veteran Business Owners

    Ford's Supplier Diversity Development Program: 35 Years of Empowering
                 Minority, Women and Veteran Business Owners

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., May 20, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord's award-winning Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) program
    celebrates its 35^th anniversary; since 1978 Ford has spent more than $67
    billion with diverse suppliers
  oIn 2012 Ford spent $5.7 billion with tier-one minority-owned suppliers,
    $1.2 billion with tier-one women-owned suppliers, and $2.1 billion with
    tier-one suppliers who use tier-two minority- and women-owned businesses
  oA diverse supplier base brings a fresh perspective that can lead to
    cutting-edge innovations and help accelerate the development of new

Ford's Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) program celebrates 35 years of
cultivating successful relationships between the company and its minority-,
women- and veteran-owned supplier businesses.

Ford has spent $67 billion through the program since its launch in 1978,
working with 400-plus diverse and minority suppliers; more than 25 of these
companies have been doing business with Ford for more than 20 years.

"Diversity and inclusion are keys to our success at Ford," said Alan Mulally,
Ford president and CEO. "For 35 years we have been committed to building a
supplier base that reflects our employees, our customers and our shareholders.
A broad and diverse supplier base reinforces our commitment to the communities
where we live and work."

The SDD program empowers entrepreneurs like John A. James by providing them
with the resources to be successful. For instance, Ford sold James 23 used
diesel trucks from its private fleet to use for his trucking business in 1972.
James, an African-American veteran, is chairman, CEO and founder of an
international supply chain logistics company, James Group International. He
has worked with Ford since 1972 – a year after he founded his first business.

"Minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses have made substantial
contributions to Ford's profitable growth," said Tony Brown, group vice
president, global purchasing. "James Group International is an outstanding
example of how our SDD program partners us with the best suppliers in the
world, which has helped us produce quality vehicles over the last 35 years for
our customers."

By identifying high-potential minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses
and giving them the resources to be successful, Ford can tap a fresh
perspective that can lead to cutting-edge innovation and help accelerate the
development of vehicles.

"Our SDD program is a win-win for everyone involved," said Brown. "We're all
working together to foster new business relationships that will contribute to
the greater good, leading to new opportunities for expansion and growth."

Some notable examples of technologies that stemmed from Ford's SDD program

  oGDC: Owned by Loretta Miller and based in Goshen, Ind., GDC specializes in
    utilizing green technology (i.e. recycled tires) in plastic and
    rubber-formed products. GDC helped develop a product incorporating coconut
    shells and fibers that was used in Ford Super Duty
  oSystrand Manufacturing: Owned by Sharon Cannarsa and based in Brownstown,
    Mich., Systrand is producing machined parts for the Ford hybrid
    transmissions that will be used in the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX
    Energi plug-in hybrid
  oPiston Automotive: Owned by former pro basketball player Vinnie Johnson
    and based in Redford, Mich., Piston Automotive supplies the high-voltage
    battery pack for Focus Electric – Ford's first all-electric passenger car.
    Piston ships the battery pack to Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.
    and Saarlouis Assembly Plant in Germany

In 2012 Ford exceeded its sourcing goals by purchasing $5.7 billion in goods
and services from minority-owned suppliers, $1.2 billion in goods and services
from women-owned suppliers, and $2.1 billion from suppliers who in turn source
business from minority- and women-owned companies.

This year Ford has added several minority-, women- and veteran-owned
businesses to its supplier base, including Cordell Transportation (a Dayton,
Ohio-based trucking business), CMAC Transportation (a Brownstown Charter
Township, Mich.-based warehouse and transportation company), Go-To
Transportation (a Bay City, Mich.-based shipping company) and Integrated
Supply Chain Solutions (a Detroit-based print management and transportation

Looking ahead, veterans are a key focus for the SDD program. Ford is committed
to spending 3 percent of its U.S. purchasing budget with qualified
veteran-owned businesses.

"If anyone understands teamwork and getting the job done, it's our men and
women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces," said Carla
Preston, SDD program director. "We believe the success of Ford Motor Company
largely depends on enabling people and businesses of all kinds to succeed and
share in the One Ford plan of profitable growth for all – particularly our
veteran suppliers. We look forward to continuing our successful supplier
partnerships that mirror the communities that build and sell our vehicles
around the country."

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, (NYSE: F) a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 175,000 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

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

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