Ford Motor Company. M-E-L Division

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In September 1957, the Lincoln Division and Mercury Division were consolidated with James J. Nance appointed as vice president and general manager. In January 1958, functions of the Edsel Division were transferred to an expanded division, designated as the M-E-L Division, responsible for the engineering, production, and marketing of the Continental, Lincoln, Mercury, and Edsel automobiles. The M-E-L Division was responsible for sale in the United States of English Ford automobiles and the products imported from Ford of Germany. Nance was appointed vice president and general manager of M-E-L Division and Ben D. Mills was designated the vice president and assistant general manager. In September of 1958, Ben D. Mills was promoted to vice president and general manager upon the resignation of Nance. Walker A. Williams was appointed vice president and assistant general manager to fill Mills' position. In November of 1959, disappointing sales forced Ford Motor Company to discontinue production of the Edsel automobile. The M-E-L Division was reverted back to the Lincoln-Mercury Division but Mills and Walker remained in charge.

From the description of M-E-L Division (Ford Motor Company) records subgroup, 1946-1960. (The Henry Ford). WorldCat record id: 58523987

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referencedIn Shop manuals. 1959. Kettering University
referencedIn Shop manuals. 1959-1962. Kettering University
referencedIn Shop manuals. 1958-1959. Kettering University
creatorOf [Edsel marque file. 1959]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Shop manuals. 1960-1961. Kettering University
creatorOf Ford Motor Company. M-E-L Division. M-E-L Division (Ford Motor Company) records subgroup, 1946-1960. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
referencedIn Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company automotive divisions records collection, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1960) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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associatedWith Crawford, Sam 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Edsel Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Lincoln Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company, LTD. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Mercury Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Special Products Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Werke AG. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
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Mercury automobile
Prefect automobile
Sales promotion
Selling
Taunus automobile
Zephyr automobile
Zodiac automobile
Anglia automobile
Automobile dealers
Automobile industry and trade
Automobiles, Foreign
Consul automobile
Edsel automobile
Escort automobile
Lincoln automobile
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Active 1946

Active 1960

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