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Ford Motor Company Concerned About Workers Health

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ford Focusing on Noise Reduction and Ergonomic Solutions In the Factory

The Ford Motor Company has chosen Caster Concepts’ CasterShoX product line as the specified caster for line delivery carts in the revised Ford Cuautitlán Assembly Plant, located near Mexico City, Mexico, where the automaker will assemble the Ford Fiesta. The CasterShoX product line is a proprietary product designed and manufactured by Caster Concepts.

The announcement is further evidence of Ford’s commitment to worker safety and to improving the work environment. Developed by Dr. Elmer Lee, who brings an extensive background in the development of shock absorption and sound deadening products for manufacturing environments, the CasterShoX casters will reduce cart noise in the facility by 15-18 dBA, or up to 95%, and improve ergonomic pull tests on the manually handled line delivery carts by 20%. The improved ergonomic pull tests will directly reduce muscular stresses and strains in the work force. “While most auto manufacturers are cutting costs just to stay alive—Ford is truly committed to providing their employees the very best work environment to produce world class products,” says Dr. Lee.

Dr. William Dobbins, President of Caster Concepts adds, “I am pleased to see that Ford is truly committed to worker safety and providing premium product in their manufacturing facilities. This recent development shows that the partnership between Caster Concepts, Inc. and the Ford Motor Company, which started in the Auto Alliance plant in Flat Rock, MI., is expected to migrate to all Ford manufacturing facilities across the globe.”

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