LIMA, OHIO, Dec. 6, 2007 ? The Lima Engine Plant is preparing for the production this spring of the new 3.7-liter V-6 engine that will power the all-new Lincoln MKS sedan.

To ensure top quality and assembly readiness, the plant ? in conjunction with the University of Northwestern Ohio ? is training employees in a unique two-day hands-on engine build class.

The current class, taught by Mike White, technology instructor at the University of Northwestern Ohio, gives employees ? hourly and salaried ? an opportunity to learn about the engine piece-by-piece before assembling it on the line.

Plant Manager Adrian Price said the end result will be realized in the engine?s high quality.

"If people understand what they are putting together, they can do a better job. As a result, the quality of the engine build is improved," explained Price. "They also understand how their actions during machining and assembly affect the customer and their satisfaction of the powertrain."

The new 3.7-liter engine is exclusive to Lincoln and is derived from the 3.5-liter V-6, which is also produced at Lima Engine. The 3.5-liter engine was voted one of Ward's 10-Best Engines for 2007 and shares the majority of its parts with its larger cousin.

Both engines use the same strong, die-cast aluminum block and lightweight, four-valve heads for smooth operation at high RPMs. Larger cylinders help the 3.7-liter V-6 produce 270 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque.

Following the classroom session, the media toured the plant, stopping in the crankshaft machining and piston-stuffing areas.

Lima, which employs 734 employees, recently became one of the few major U.S. powertrain facilities to test at low enough noise levels to allow employees to forego hearing protection.

The plant also uses spring water on its property to cool the facility and some of its equipment. The innovative geothermal system saves the plant hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and drastically reduces water and energy usage.