Ford Power Products Selects Engine Distributors Inc. For Emission-Certified Product Assembly

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Power Products has selected Engine Distributors, Inc. of Blackwood, N.J., a longtime Ford industrial engine distributor, as the engine assembly location for its emission-certified products.

“We are pleased to have this experienced FPP distributor doing the critical work that will allow us to deliver emission-certified products to the market in 2004,” said Jack Damron, executive director of Ford Power Products.

Beginning January 1, 2004, EPA certification will be required for all covered engines manufactured or sold after that date. Non-road large spark-ignited (LSI) engines over 19 kW, including marine auxiliary engines, are covered under the EPA regulations. All manufacturers/sellers of the affected engines will be required to apply for certification and will be issued a certificate and statement of compliance before any engine is sold, offered for sale, or introduced into commerce.

The Ford 1.6L, 2.5L and 4.2L engines previously received emission certification from the California Air Resource Board (ARB) for all fuels in 2003. Testing is ongoing to certify that these engines will meet EPA requirements taking effect January 1, 2004.

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