What a year! As we get ready to take a look back at 2020, we can’t help but be proud of our community, our company and of Ford itself. The new decade presented challenges that no team member at Ziems, or in fact the world, could have expected. But with each of those challenges came an opportunity to rise above, and rise we did.
A Helping Hand
On March 18, Ford, along with all other car manufacturing companies shut down its plants in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the factories weren’t closed for long. In a matter of days, the manufacturing plants transitioned from building cars to manufacturing personal protective equipment, better known as PPE. Ford began producing face shields for the nation’s medical workers and then respirators for patients of the new virus. Ford also converted two of its resource centers into food distribution centers to help Michigan communities facing food insecurities.
A Local Gesture
Being part of the Ford family means being part of a history of helping. Throughout the year, Ford manufacturing plants, tirelessly designed and created PPE for hospitals across the world. Ford Motor Credit assisted customers with deferred payments. On a local level, Ford supplied over 7,500 face shields to San Juan Regional Medical Center and the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. Throughout this crisis, Ford proved to be a leader and we could not be prouder to be a part of the Ford team than we have been this year.
A Legend Returns
For fans of Ford one of the most exciting events of 2020 was the return of the legendary Ford Bronco. The nostalgic off-roader returned in July, just as wild as its predecessor with two body options, and over 200 accessory add ons. Off-road enthusiasts rejoiced and the limited edition model sold out in less than 24 hours.
A Look Forward
As we prepare to put 2020 behind us, we can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring.
For the team at Ziems Ford Corners, the excitement is palpable. That’s because 2021 marks our 60th anniversary! A milestone we have been anticipating throughout this last year. As you know we have been collecting signatures on a brand new Shelby that we’ll be giving away as part of our celebrations, so stay tuned for that. We could never have reached this momentous occasion without the support of our amazing community here in Farmington. If you’re looking for a new car or truck in the new year, be sure to contact us to see how easy it is to find yourself a new ride.
At Ziems Ford Corners, we know this holiday season will be unlike any other. In light of the current rise in COVID-19 cases, we would like to first say our thoughts are with those affected by the virus here in our Farmington community. We realize that for some of our customers, neighbors and friends the holidays may be difficult. This year many of us will be missing the comfort and joy of gathering with friends and family while participating in holiday traditions.
A Message of Support
As we navigate through these challenging times, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to be part of this strong New Mexico community that supports one another to accomplish great things. From our wonderful businesses that have adapted to new ways of doing things to our heroic first responders and medical staff on the front lines each and every day. It is the power of this strong relationship that will propel us through to better times.
As We Move Forward
At Ziems, the well-being and safety of our team, clients and community members are our top priority. As we closely monitor the evolving impact of the pandemic, we are implementing ongoing measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers. We keep up to date with the guidance of state and local authorities as well as the CDC and we will continue to adjust our guidance accordingly. Please refer to How Ziems is Navigating the COVID 19 Outbreak for the most up-to-date information.
This year, instead of simply wishing you a Happy Holiday, we wish you endurance, strength, health and as much happiness as you can bear. And, if a new Ford car or truck is on your Christmas list this year, contact us at Ziems Ford Corners, or shop online and we’ll help Santa get it wrapped up for you. From our family to yours we hope your season is filled with health and happiness.
With businesses shuttered, schools out and playgrounds closed how are parents keep their little ones entertained? It’s a question Ziems Ford Corners employees were asking, and Ford Motor Company had the perfect answer: designers created activity pages from design sketches.
How it Started
It started with some of Ford’s designers who were working from home while balancing full-time parenting. Desperate to keep their own children entertained, these designers handed them sketches to color while they worked, and an idea was born.
Seventeen Ford automotive designers in six different countries took a break from designing vehicles and switched to creating coloring book pages and activity mazes for children stuck at home. The work these designers do is rarely seen by the public, and the designs they sketch are typically top secret. The rest of the world waits years for the company to reveal their creations. So, it’s unique that their work is being shown as it’s made.
You won’t find a mock-up of the new Ford Bronco in these pages. But, after years of serious work, professional designers are creating child-like drawings of SUVs to keep young minds entertained. The 21-page collection of artwork includes classic Mustangs and F-150 pickups, and there’s more to come. The project continues to grow, with plans to add in iconic Detroit buildings like the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, as well as science and technology activities.
Where to Get it
For the month of April, Ford will continue to release more additions to the activity book, including coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word scrambles and cut-and-fold paper models, as well as various STEM-related activities. You can find the Activity Book here.
This is just another example of why we at Ziems Ford Corners are Ford Proud. We are proud to be a part of a company that cares about people, just like we care about our local community. During this trying time, we are missing all of your smiling faces and look forward to the days when we will see you all again. In the meantime, our service department is open for all your car care needs and our Express Checkout offers easy online car shopping.
It was a wonderful holiday season for us here at Ziems Ford Corners. And, we could not have done it without all of you! Today we thought we would take the time to extend a genuine thank you to those of you who donated toys, stocking stuffers and gifts for the Toys for Tots campaign this year.
If you had the opportunity to shop for a new or used Ford vehicle with us this year, chances are you noticed a theme of local love. You’ll find it in every one of our team members. From the sales team to our service department. Here at Ziems Ford Corners, we love being a part of this community, and we’ve always been big supporters of the Toys For Tots program. After all, what better way to celebrate the giving spirit of the season than by partnering with a charity that directly impacts the children of our local area. Without your generosity and support, we would not have been able to contribute to the lives of so many Farmington kids.
Truck Loads of Joy
Thanks to the giving spirit of our community this year we were able to fill the beds of over five Ford trucks with donations. Our toy drive lasted four weeks, and during that time we collected 817 toys, 331 stocking stuffers,10 bikes and 4 books. That equals a total of 1,162 bits of joy for local kids. And, according to their website, the Farmington branch of Toys for Tots distributed a total of 20,255 gifts to 5,694 local kids this year. That’s a lot of joy!
We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your support for our charity work with Toys for Tots and Farmington’s underprivileged children. Our goal at Ziems Ford Corners is to make the biggest possible positive impact on the community we live in and work in. Your generous donations of toys and stocking stuffers went a long way in bringing joy and happiness to the children of Farmington. Thank you! You have made a real difference in the lives of the kid’s Toys for Tots serves. Because of your generosity, hundreds of local children had merry Christmases this year. It means the world to us, and even more to the child who received your gift!
If you’d like to learn more about the Farmington, New Mexico Toys for Tots program or want to get involved, visit their website here. If you’re looking for a brand new Ford car or truck, or a Certified Pre Owned Vehicle contact us today. See the difference our love for the Farmington community makes with your car buying experience. Our friendly knowledgeable staff will be happy to help!