Ford CEO Alan Mulally spoke highly of Louisville Tuesday night at the KFC Yum Center. Mulally was the keynote speaker at the Greater Louisville Inc. annual meeting.
Ford is in the middle of a $600 million retooling of the Louisville Assembly Plant. Mulally hailed the new model of the Ford Escape, which will be built at the plant, as revolutionary.
“This is going be absolutely not only the best quality, fuel efficient, safe and smart designed vehicle but the very best value that we can bring to all of our customers around the world;” Mulally says,” and right here is a center of excellence in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Several versions of the Escape–including hybrid models–will be produced from the same platform in plants around the world. Mulally also praised Louisville for competing on a global level.
“Well I think the most important thing is having a point of view that you are competing with the best in the world and you want to win and you want to be competitive the commitment that Louisville has made to creating a business environment where we can compete with the rest of the world is the most important thing.”
Louisville is also home to Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant.