Bill Ford Jr. http://michiganradio.org en Henry Ford at 150 http://michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-150 <p>Ford Motor Company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford this week.</p><p></p><p>Bill Ford, Jr. is Henry Ford's great-grandson, and Executive Chairman of the company</p><p></p><p>Ford says the founder would have been pleased that his company is still a family business, 150 years later.</p><p></p><p>“I know Henry Ford would have been incredibly proud of the way his grandchildren led the company through the most difficult times,” says Ford</p><p></p><p>Ford Motor Company took out a $24 billion loan in 2006, using its trademark blue oval as part of the collateral.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13724 at http://michiganradio.org Henry Ford at 150 Stateside: Where Michigan stands in the fiscal cliff http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-where-michigan-stands-fiscal-cliff <p>With the approaching "fiscal cliff" comes the concern of protecting Michigan’s businesses. &nbsp;</p><p>We spoke today with Susan Tompor of the Detroit Free Press about the fiscal cliff.</p><p>Tompor noted that many companies are not laying off their workers.</p><p>“Back in November we had Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. state that it was vitally important that they work on this bipartisan agreement for the economy. When you’re selling big-ticket items, it’s a key issue. Will consumers need to cut back if we got over the fiscal cliff? Right now, according to Mark Zandi [Chief Economist, <a href="https://www.economy.com/mark-zandi/">Moody’s Analytics</a>], he doesn’t see that companies are cutting back. The reason is that it would be costly to lay off workers now to prepare for what might be a temporary problem. Instead Zandi said that, overall, businesses are more likely to cut back on investing in heavy equipment as a stop-gap measure,” said Tompor. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:38:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10358 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Where Michigan stands in the fiscal cliff Mulally to stay put as Ford CEO through 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/mulally-stay-put-ford-ceo-through-2014 <p>At least for now, Ford Motor Company has put to rest&nbsp;months - no, make that years - of intense media speculation about when its CEO Alan Mulally will leave the company.</p><p>Ford says the 67-year old executive,&nbsp;widely credited with saving the company, will NOT be leaving his position until at least the end of 2014.</p><p>Mulally, a 37-year veteran of Boeing, took the helm of Ford in 2006, as the struggling Detroit automaker faced the prospect of bankruptcy, like its rivals Chrysler and General Motors.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:21:31 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9737 at http://michiganradio.org Mulally to stay put as Ford CEO through 2014