Lear Corporation to Produce Seats for Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks
Built in Kansas City, MO Southfield, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) today announced that it has been selected to produce the seats for the 2000 model year Ford F-150 full-size pickup trucks built at Ford Motor Company's Kansas City, Missouri (USA) Assembly Plant. Lear, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, also has been assigned the design, engineering and manufacturing of the 60-40, fold-down rear seat for the 2001 model year F-150 SuperCrew, Ford's all-new, full-size pickup that will feature four full-size doors and seating for up to six adult passengers. SuperCrew models will be built in Kansas City starting in December. Lear also has acquired a 100,000-square-foot plant in nearby Liberty, Missouri where a workforce of about 200 Lear employees will assemble the F-150 seats for just-in-time delivery to Ford's Kansas City plant. Lear also produces the flooring and acoustics system as well as the door panels for all Ford F-150 pickup trucks built in North America. Other details of Lear's new Ford F-Series business were not announced. Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, is the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, with 1998 proforma sales of more than $12 billion. The company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 100,000 employees in over 300 facilities located in 33 countries. Information about Lear and its products is available on the Internet at http://www.lear.com . ots Original Text Service: Lear Corporation Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Media: Karen Stewart, Director - Corporate Communications (USA) 248-447- 1651, or Analyst: Jonathan Peisner, Director - Investor Relations (USA) 248-447-1624, both of Lear Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/518304.html or Fax, (USA) 800- 758-5804, ext. 518304 Web site: http://www.lear.com
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