Effective immediately, Kurt Kavajecz is appointed Plant Manager - Belvidere Assembly Plant, reporting to Richard S. Entenmann, Vice President & General Manager - Large & Small Car & Minivan Assembly Operations. In this position Kavajecz will be responsible for total operations of Neon production at Belvidere.

"Kurt comes to us with excellent work experience from Ford Motor Company, and we are very pleased to have him in the top job at Belvidere," said Gary L. Henson, Executive Vice President - Manufacturing.

At Ford, Kavajecz was an Assistant Plant Manager responsible for body, paint and final assembly as well as materials, new model launch, government regulatory coordination and manufacturing planning. During his tenure at Ford, Kavajecz was also Final Area Manager and Body Area Manager. Before joining Ford, Kavajecz was a Branch Manager and Senior Engineer at Diamond Star Motors. He began his career at GM as an engineer.