Ford, Dow Chemical execs plan national summit

DETROIT (AP) -- The leaders of two global companies say a convention on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment could help fuel a national plan to overcome industrial and economic upheavals.

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Dow Chemical Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Liveris announced Monday they plan to co-host the summit set for June 15-17 at Ford Field -- the home of the Detroit Lions NFL team.

Organizers say the event has received sponsorship pledges of more than $2 million from more than 50 organizations. They hope it draws 5,000 leaders and others from business, government and academia.

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