A stretch of U.S. Highway 69 that runs in front of Ford Motor Co.’s Claycomo assembly plant has been renamed to honor Irvine Hockaday Jr., a longtime member of the automaker’s board of directors. The Kansas City corporate, civic and philanthropic leader served on Ford’s board from 1987 to 2013.
During Hockaday’s tenure on the board, Ford said the Claycomo plant grew into one of its largest and most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities. It currently employs more than 6,000 workers and produces the F-150 pickup and the new Transit van.
Hockaday was president and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. from 1985 to 2001.