Engler Lauds Ford Facility's Environmental Ethic: Allen Park plant earns Clean Corporate Citizen designation

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 18, 2001


Governor John Engler today announced that Ford Motor Company’s Engine Manufacturing Development Operations (Ford-EMDO) has been designated as a Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen in a program recognizing environmental stewardship.


Ford-EMCO is the 41st facility to receive the honor. Engler proposed the voluntary program in his 1996 State of the State address. The Allen Park facility develops, assembles and tests prototype engines for all Ford North American automotive lines.


"I am pleased to recognize the Ford-EMDO team for its achievement," Governor Engler said. "The facility operates under a comprehensive environmental management system and pollution prevention policy that contributes to the protection of our shared resources. I congratulate management and staff at Ford-EMDO for their continuing commitment to environmental excellence."


Ford-EMDO also has earned ISO 14001 certification, meeting the voluntary international standard for environmental management systems. Its commitment to pollution prevention includes voluntary programs to expand recycling opportunities, reduce landfill wastes, and convert lighting to increase energy efficiency.

"There is increasing worldwide awareness and concern for environmental issues," said Janet E. Hall, global prototype operations manager. "A growing number of customers are asking for evidence of good environmental stewardship. Ford Motor Company has asked all of its locations to be responsive to these issues. Receiving the Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen designation is evidence of the commitment and dedication of our employees to protect and preserve the environment for future generations."


To qualify as a Clean Corporate Citizen, candidates must adopt a strong environmental management system, a facility-specific pollution prevention program, and have a consistent record of compliance with applicable environmental requirements. Designations are valid for one year and must be renewed annually.

The facility also has voluntarily joined the Department of Environmental Quality as a partner in the Michigan Auto Project, according to DEQ Director Russell Harding.


"We consider the EMDO team and Ford Motor Company to be valuable partners in our efforts to protect Michigan’s environment in a responsible and sustainable manner," Harding said. "They have earned the public recognition and regulatory flexibility that come with this significant designation."