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Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant

Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts plant to Detroit.

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Classic Olds, Jaguar share screen in X-Men movie

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Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows

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Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant

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