FORD’s long-standing relationship with the city of Southampton as ‘the home of the Ford Transit’ has been marked with the presentation to the city council of one of the last minibuses to be built at the company’s Southampton Assembly Plant.
Ford has also donated two other Transit minibuses to Naomi House children’s hospice and The Cedar School, both of which have long-standing links with Ford employees at the Southampton plant.
Commercial vehicle production ceased at the works on 26 July after 44 years. Southampton operations manager John Oldham presented the Mayor of Southampton, Ivan White, with a nine-seater Transit minibus, which will be used around the city by local charities and organisations.
John Oldham told Business Vans: “We wanted to mark our long and fruitful relationship with Southampton in the best way possible.
“Donating one of the minibuses built with pride by Ford and its employees to the city means that many people right across the community can benefit for many years.”
Ford’s new Vehicle Refurbishment Centre on the existing Ford site in Swaythling and its Vehicle Distribution Centre at Southampton Docks are both now up and running.
The company has invested £12 million in the new operations, which have retained 134 Ford employees in the Southampton area.