Ford Sponsor Our Students Program Making a Difference

Ford Sponsor Our Students Program | Pittsburgh, PA

Ford is driving the future with innovation, and that starts with making sure that there are people in place to make it happen. The Ford Sponsor Our Students program helps empower today’s high school students so that they can help enable the innovations of tomorrow.

Since the launch of the Sponsor Our Students program in April, more than 1,000 Ford and Lincoln dealerships around the country have committed to the mission. The goal is to help at least 5,000 students gain valuable on-the-job work-based experience with mentors, preparing them for the work they’d do if they chose to become a Ford certified technician.

“The average dealer will spend tens of thousands on a technician to be trained in a dealership over the course of 5-8 years,” said Frederiek Toney, vice president, Ford Customer Service Division. “This program and other Ford technician training programs help to reduce the time and cost associated with recruiting and training new hires.”

Ford expects that many Sponsor Our Students participants will go on to take part in the Automotive Career Exploration Program. Students who are hired by the dealerships that sponsor them can gain accelerated training as well as a 20% discount in the Rotunda Technician Tool Program.

Ford is building the future one person at a time. If you’re interested in learning more about career opportunities with Ford or the latest new vehicles coming to our showroom, contact the team at Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

New 2022 Ford Expedition Arriving Soon at Shults Ford Harmarville

Ford Expedition interior | Shults Ford Harmarville

Ford is bringing its A-game with the new and improved 2022 Expedition. Arriving at Shults Ford Harmarville early next year, the latest Expedition offers an awesome new trim as well as several tech upgrades.

One of the most exciting new options with the 2022 Ford Expedition is the first-ever Timberline trim. The most off-road-capable Expedition ever built, the Timberline offers a best-in-class ground clearance of 10.6 inches[1] and a high-output 440-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. Add in unique styling elements like 18-inch high-gloss black-painted wheels and Deep Tangerine stitching throughout the cabin and you’ve got a full-size SUV that talks the talk and walks the walk.  

The 2022 Ford Expedition is also the latest SUV in the lineup to add SYNC® 4 as the standard infotainment system. If you want the latest and most advanced tech, opt up to the SYNC® 4A and its largest-in-class 15.5-inch portrait touch screen. Both systems offer must-have upgrades like wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and Ford Power-Up wireless updates.

And on top of all this, the Expedition Platinum becomes the latest vehicle from Ford to offer BlueCruise. This groundbreaking hands-free driving system works on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways across North America, letting you enjoy the ride with your hands off the steering wheel.

The new 2022 Ford Expedition will be available at Shults Ford Harmarville early next year. To learn more about how you can make this SUV yours, give us a call or send an email.

[1] Available 10.6 inches on Timberline trim. Class is Non-Premium Large Traditional Utility. 

Check Out These Drive-In Theaters Near Pittsburgh

Want to create a new summer tradition while observing social distancing guidelines? Drive-in theaters are a safe and family-friendly way to enjoy classic flicks while relaxing under the stars. If this sounds like your idea of a fun evening, check out these three drive-in theaters near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dependable Drive-In Theater (Moon Township, PA)

Since 1950, Dependable Drive-In Theater has been an icon of Moon Township. As Allegheny County’s last remaining drive-in theater, Dependable keeps the retro movie-going experience alive, but puts a modern twist on it. You’ll be treated to crystal-clear high definition digital projection, a double feature on every screen, and retro in-car speakers. And if you want a grab a snack before the movies begin, head to the snack bar for cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, and frozen novelties.

Riverside Drive-In (Vandergrift, PA)

Head over to Riverside Drive-In for familiar favorites and family-friendly fun. This theater screens films nightly, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission covers all films being screened that night, so prepare for an evening of laughs and thrills. Best of all, you can even bring your pets along to take in a film with the rest of your family. And you won’t even have to step out to get dinner — the onsite snack bar offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, beverages, and dessert items, including funnel cake and ice cream.

Evergreen Drive-In Theatre (Mount Pleasant, PA)

The Evergreen Drive-In Theater is a cultural touchstone in Mount Pleasant. This iconic theater provides three screens the perfect atmosphere to enjoy cult classics like the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors. Plus, you won’t have to wait in long lines to get some tasty vittles — Evergreen Drive In-Theater offers two snack bars. Both serve popcorn, soft drinks, fried snacks, and concession stand classics like Chilly Dilly Pickles.

No matter whether you love classic horror flicks, high-flying action movies, or heartwarming romances, every movie will be more enjoyable in a comfortable Ford SUV. Find your next family vehicle at Shults Ford Harmarville today.

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Best Haunted Attractions Near Pittsburgh

You don’t have to travel far from Pittsburgh to experience a frightfully good time. If you’re looking to scare up some fun this Halloween, check out these delightfully devilish local haunted attractions.

Hundred Acres Manor

At the Hundred Acres Manor, one ticket grants you access to six of Pennsylvania’s scariest attractions. Brave your way through six haunted houses, experience the horror of the Buried Alive Experience, test your wits in the Escape Rooms, and get lost in the black wall maze. After a frightfully good time, unwind with a drink at the Straub Brewery Scream Bar. If you’d like to get in on these thrills and chills, the Hundred Acres Manor is open every evening in October, except for Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15.

ScareHouse

ScareHouse lives up to its name — ABC News proclaims it “The Scariest Haunted House in America,” while award-winning filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro says, “I could live here!” With that kind of high praise, you won’t want to miss ScareHouse’s heart-pounding Stalked by a Serial Killer Escape Room or the high-impact scares of The Basement. You can experience the nightmare for yourself every Thursday through Sunday in October.

Carnegie Trail of Terror

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween haunt? While the titular trail offers some intense scares, there’s something for everyone at this outdoor attraction. The Carnegie Trail of Terror boasts everything from killer clowns and ghastly ghouls to tasty concessions and a pumpkin patch. The Trail of Terror is located in Carnegie Park, only 15 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. You can tour the trail on every Friday and Saturday in October, starting on Oct. 11, from 7-11 p.m.

From all of us at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Beat the Heat at These Three Fun Water Parks near Pittsburgh

Summers can be steamy here in western Pennsylvania. Thankfully, there are quite a few outdoor places to cool off with your friends and family. Here are three fun water parks near Pittsburgh to visit before school starts up again. 

Sandcastle

Located along the Monongahela River, this fun destination boasts a wave pool, lazy river, 15 waterslides and a children’s play zone. The park offers discounted admission rates for groups, families, and couples, so make sure to inquire about these incentives while planning your visit.

SoakZone

Stop by Idlewild Park’s SoakZone the next time you and your crew need to stave off the summer heat. This site has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Children’s Park, due to its range of child-friendly attractions such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Story Book Forest. You can also explore the hydro-racer and serpentine slides, test out a two-person raft ride, or get drenched underneath a tipping bucket.

Aquatic Center at USC Community & Recreation Center

Head to the aquatic center located on Mayview Road to explore an expansive 6,000-square-feet of water with your loved ones. Slides for young children and older ones, a 600-gallon tipping bucket, a leisure pool, and lily-pad area are just some of the main attractions at this dynamic playground.

Another way to stay cool this summer is to ensure that your vehicle’s AC system is working properly. If it’s in need of maintenance, give us a call here at Shults Ford Harmarville. We’ll be happy to have one of our certified technicians inspect and repair it so you and your family can travel comfortably this season.

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Here’s How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for something to do for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh this summer? The city is playing host to a wide range of events to celebrate America’s birthday, but here are just a few to consider:

  • Celebrate America Pittsburgh!: This July Fourth celebration will take place at Point State Park, starting at noon and lasting until 10 p.m. The event is presented by the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and will include entertainment on the main stage, family activities, and food — all culminating in a fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. to close out the night. Learn more about this year’s Celebrate America Pittsburgh!
  • Fourth at the Fort: This free and family-friendly event is educational! Take the kids to Point State Park (you’ll already be there for the bigger celebration) for the outdoor living history program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors from the Fort Pitt Museum will be on hand to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s — the century of the American Revolution! Learn more here.
  • Flag Ceremony: The Fourth of July is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have made to make our nation free and proud. From 8-8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, local veterans will roll out a 36-foot American Flag, recite the National Anthem, and observe a moment of silence. Learn more about the event here.

From all your friends at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July.

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Check Out the Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh in May

Later this month, Pittsburgh will play host to an amazing event that we encourage all of our customers in the area to check out. The Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Allegheny Commons Park West on West Ohio Street in Pittsburgh. That’s just a 14-mile drive from our dealership into downtown Pittsburgh.

So what is the Water Lantern Festival? This family-friendly event is an opportunity for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and Pittsburgh residents with whom you may otherwise never cross paths to come together and create a peaceful experience with one another. The event will have live music, food trucks with delicious eats, and, of course, the lantern lighting on the water at sunset.

Tickets can be purchased at the event for $40, but if you buy online ahead of time, you can find great discounts. Tickets include entry to the event, a wristband, a commemorative drawstring bag, a floating lantern, and a marker to leave your mark on it.

At 8 p.m., those in attendance will start designing their lanterns, and then everyone will be launching them from 8:30 to 9:30, creating a stunning effect on the water.

To learn more about what’s happening in and around our community, and for a sharp new vehicle to do it all in, stop into Shults Ford Harmarville.

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The Pittsburgh Auto Show Recap: Fancy Cars, Lots of Fun

Car lovers from across the Pittsburgh area came together last month for the annual Pittsburgh Auto Show, which took place from February 15th to February 18th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in the heart of the city.

Throughout the venue, automotive enthusiasts got the chance to check out a range of vehicles, including classic and brand-new vehicles. There were a range of exotic brands, too, including McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Sponsors of the event included Ally and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, while the vendors spanned a wide range of industries, from locals like Fudge Farm and Pittsburgh Garage to those that stretch across the nation like AT&T and State Farm.

Along with these new vehicles, the show also highlighted the latest safety technologies available in the industry with Impaired Driving Demonstrations, which allowed attendees to see how dangerous driving distracted can be.

This event also coincided with the Dancing with the Cars charity event, which occurred this year on February 14. The Pittsburgh Auto Show’s 75th Diamond Anniversary was celebrated during the charity gala, allowing someone to go home with a $7,500 diamond necklace from Joden Jewelers. Overall, the charity raised $5,102,500 for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities.

It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s event. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we hope to see all of you at the 2020 Pittsburgh Auto Show.

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Don’t Miss Pittsburgh Restaurant Week In January

Many lament the passing of Christmas and New Year’s Day as the end of the most wonderful time of the year. But we at Shults Ford Harmarville know that the best time of the year will actually be a couple weeks later during the famous Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

This year, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will be held from January 14th through January 20th, with the theme “New Dishes for the New Year.” During this special week, restaurants across the city will offer special menu items and discounts to encourage foodies to come out and dine with them and prove why Pittsburgh really is “America’s Top Food City.”

There are so many restaurants participating this year, including Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar and Osteria 2350, each of which has already published special menus. Other participating restaurants include Burgh’ers, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Eddie Merlot’s, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Sienna on the Square, Superior Motors, Texas De Brazil, The Fountry Table & Tap, and Vue 412.

Looking for a new way to get around during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week? Consider a new Ford with an advanced backup camera or even Enhanced Active Park Assist to help you with parking during this crazy, but fun week.

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Finding the Most Beautiful Campground in Pennsylvania with Your Ford F-150

Now that spring is finally here, outdoor enthusiasts are no doubt planning their season of camping adventures. Anyone who calls Pennsylvania their home would be remiss not to make a special visit to what some people call the most beautiful campground in Pennsylvania.

Campers Paradise, located at the edge of McConnells Mill State Park, is just an hour away from Shults Ford Harmarville. This gorgeous campground offers multiple forms of accommodation, from available cabins that are perfect for the next winter season, to a rentable teepee in the camp’s Wild West Territory. You can even sleep up to eight in the covered wagon accommodation.

However, many folks prefer to keep their camping experiences rugged and old fashioned. There are plenty of areas at Campers Paradise where visitors can set up their tent and campsite with just the stars and the trees as their company.

In these situations, it’s helpful to have one other companion—the Ford F-150. This classic American pickup has the capability to drive on tough terrains, making it the perfect vehicle to get you to your remote campsite. It has the strength and the space needed to bring along whatever gear you might want—from bikes to kayaks to extensive camping supplies. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we love finding new ways to make the F-150 a helpful asset to camping trips all year round.

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