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.

Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

 

Ford Kentucky Truck Plant Adds 550 Jobs for Expedition Production

The Ford Kentucky Truck Plant will be adding 550 new jobs thanks to the popularity of the Ford Expedition and its luxury sibling, the Lincoln Navigator. Both models experienced tremendous success in 2018. Specifically, retail sales of the Expedition surged by 35 percent year over year, with the Expedition grabbing 5.6 more percentage points of the segment. The Navigator also improved from 2017 to 2018 to the tune of a 70 percent increase.

To keep up with the increased demand for these two models, Ford has decided to up Navigator and Expedition production at the Kentucky Truck Plant. To do so, the plant needed to add speed (safely) to the manufacturing process. The manufacturing team at the plant put their heads together and identified where there were some inefficiencies in the current process. Ultimately, they developed some big changes to the production process for the Expedition and Navigator, which led to a need for 550 more jobs at the plant.

“Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln’s most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. “After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”

Ford is continuing to build on excitement around the Expedition with three new ads on the SUV: “Leave No One,” “Better Big,” and “Curtain.” You can find them on YouTube or during breaks between your favorite shows.

If you want to see what all the buzz is about the new Expedition, visit us at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll make an introduction.

Expedition production

Tips and Tricks for Hanging Christmas Lights

It might seem like the Christmas season is far away, but it’s coming up quickly! For many, their Christmas lights go up the day after the Halloween decorations come down. If you’re one of those people, or you just want time to prepare, here are some tips for hanging Christmas lights.

Safety First

The most important part is your safety. Only use Underwriters Laboratories (labeled “UL”) lights and extension cords, which prove that they’re safe for outdoor use. Also, when getting to the actual hanging part, use a sturdy ladder and have another person to help secure the base of the ladder.

Measure

Before you hang your lights, measure everything! Measure your doorframe, your windows, the length of the gutter – anywhere you’ll be hanging lights. Record those measurements so that you can easily center and position your lights when you hang them.

Focal Points

Where do you want passerbys to look? Your trees? Your front door? Pick a focal point and focus your lights here. Then, frame that focal point evenly with lights on surrounding objects.

Correctly Secure

Secure the lights with tools appropriate for where you’re hanging them. Use light clips to secure lights to gutters, deck clips to attach them to railings, and a light-hanging pole to get them up and around the branches of your tall trees.

For more Christmas decoration tips, feel free to speak with our staff at Shults Ford Harmarville.

Christmas lights

Complete This Fall Bucket List with Your Ford

Leaves are beginning to change color and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in full force. You know what that means: it’s fall! If you’re looking for something to do with your family this season, we’ve gone ahead and put together a fall bucket list for you to consider.

Visit your local pumpkin patch. Jack-o-lanterns are an iconic symbol of fall, so this bucket list wouldn’t be complete without heading to your local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. No matter which Ford you drive, you will find plenty of trunk space to load up your haul of gourds.

Go explore the fall foliage. It wouldn’t be fall without the leaves changing colors, creating a beautiful landscape across the country – especially near Harmarville. Grab your kids, make some hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and head out on an adventure to see the natural beauty this time of year has to offer. If you happen to have one of our EcoBoost® engines, this is an even better idea – just think of the gas you’ll be saving!

Tailgate before a football game. Football games are the epitome of fall – and what better way to celebrate a big game than with some tailgating? Whether you’re heading off to watch the pros play or you’re attending your kid’s PeeWee league match, load your Ford up with all the tailgating goodies you can get. After all, it does have plenty of storage.

If you are in need of a Ford vehicle, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville.

Fall bucket list

Top Vacation Spots within A Short Drive from Pittsburgh

Finding the right destination for your next vacation isn’t always easy – especially if you don’t want to drive too far. To make your decision a bit easier next time, we’ve put together a short list of some of the top vacation spots within a short drive from Pittsburgh.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, which is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, giving you prime access to history of the game and its legendary players. Whether you’re a hometown fan or root for another team, you’re sure to enjoy yourself if you happen to love football.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Family fun and adventure is only an hour drive away from Pittsburgh at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to go ziplining on the mile-long Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience or merely want to kayak around the resort’s lake and enjoy the great outdoors, this destination has you covered.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Architecture buffs will want to take the family out to this destination – Fallingwater, a mountain home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. It’s an escape in the middle of the mountains, built over a waterfall that gives you a sense of being one with nature. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

The best vehicle to get you to your destination is a Ford from Shults Ford Harmarville.

Top Vacation Spots

2019 Ford Ranger Testing Ensures Its Tough Enough

When you purchase the new 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford wants to make sure you’re getting a pickup truck that’s rough and ready for your next big adventure – no matter where it takes you. That’s why the American truck maker is putting the Ranger through its paces in some of the most grueling testing ever.

2019 Ford Ranger testing has ranged from demanding lab tests to robotic testing – it’s even seen the Ranger being pushed to its limits in the rugged Australian Outback and the heat of the Arizona desert, all in an effort to make sure this all-new truck is Built Ford Tough.

“We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost® engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure the Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer.

Testing first started in the lab, moving to Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds once the Ranger prototype showed it was ready for the next challenge. At the proving grounds, robotic drivers are used behind the wheels to endure impacts that are so severe, human drivers could be injured.

Once it’s cleared there, its towing capability is tested in the inferno-like heat at the Davis Dam in Arizona and the dusty, harsh off-road terrain of the Australian Outback. After going through this type of endurance testing, you can only assume that the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger.

2019 Ford Ranger Testing - 2018 Ford F-150 interior pictured

Tips for Memorial Day Camping with Your Ford F-150

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for your big camping trip to celebrate. If you’re stuck on how to prepare your Ford F-150 for this weekend of fun, then make sure you follow our tips for Memorial Day camping.

Reserve your campsite. Whether you’re heading to a campground or will be hauling your trusty travel trailer to an RV site, make sure you reserve your spot well in advance. Also, print out your reservation information so you have it on hand in a hard copy, just in case.

Get your F-150 ready. Make sure your pickup truck is ready for the trip by putting it through its routine maintenance. Check its fluid levels, lights, tire pressure, and battery to make sure all of it is ready to head out on the open road.

Plan your menu. One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire – or in your travel trailer’s tidy little kitchen. Make sure you think about what you want to eat each day and pack accordingly. Consider supplies like s’mores, hot dogs, burgers, and breakfast burritos.

Pack your supplies. It’s time to use your F-150’s truck bed for what it’s made to do. Get your supplies ready and packed so you can head out on the open road with ease. Make sure everything’s secure in the bed of your truck and weather proof it, if you think the weather might take a turn for the worse.

If you need a vehicle for your big Memorial Day trip, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville and check out our lineup of Ford F-150 models.

Tips for Memorial Day Camping with a Ford F-150

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Price Tag Announced

When Ford announced the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, the entire industry couldn’t wait to see what this pony car would offer in terms of performance – or how much it would cost. Now, we know what the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag will be when it hits showrooms this summer – and it’s surprisingly reasonable.

To get your hands on this future classic, you will have to shell out $47,495, which includes the $900 destination and delivery charge.

“The new Bullitt will be every bit as cool and charismatic as the original ’68 Mustang,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “Since its introduction earlier this year, Ford dealers have been fielding calls from customers wanting to know when they can order this unique piece of automotive history.”

Along with the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag, Ford has also announced its final performance numbers. It looks like this iconic pony car will be pumping out 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel. This power will allow the Bullitt to hit a top speed of 163 miles per hour. That’s 8 mph faster than the 2018 Mustang GT.

There’s no word yet on how many of these limited-edition Mustangs will hit the showroom, but due to the triple-digit VIN of the first production model that was recently sold at auction, it’s likely that there won’t be many. Don’t miss out on this chance to own a piece of automotive history. Stop by Shults Ford Harmarville for more information about the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford Drone Research: Exploring New Types of Mobility

Ford is a world leader in the auto industry, but the brand also has a few other roles in other markets. In particular, Ford recently started performing drone research.

If you’ve watched any type of aerial video or seen photography taken from the air in the recent past, it was likely taken by a drone. Drones are also being used in agriculture to help map plots, in infrastructure to help with planning, and now in the automotive world.

Ford drone research is groundbreaking, and there are a few reasons an auto company is investing in this type of research. According to Ford, the brand has tried experimenting with anti-collision lights that several drones create to increase visibility at night. There are currently about 1.9 million drones floating around, and that number is increasing every day.

“To integrate new technology into vehicles, we need to develop a good understanding of how it works, how it can be used and what its limitations are,” said John Luo, Research Manager for Ford Research. “We frequently conduct experiments on individual vehicle components to understand as much as we can about them, so we bring only the best into our vehicles. Now we’re doing that with drones.”

At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re proud to be associated with an innovative brand like Ford.

Ford drone research

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where we all get to be a little bit Irish, even if we’re not. St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh is a big deal. Not only do we have a parade, but there are other fun events taking place throughout the month of March.

This year’s parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Saturday, March 17th at 10am. The parade route starts at Grant St. and 11th, turns right on Boulevard of the Allies, and ends at Commonwealth Place. If you want to get a good viewing spot along the route, be sure to head out early. Drive your Ford Explorer or Expedition so you can fit the whole crew. With the addition of Ford’s Safe & Smart Package, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Sync® 3 technology, you’ll have zero stress about getting there safely and finding a parking spot. Pick up a new one at Shults Ford of Harmarville before the 17th to get one in time!

For even more fun, try the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner held at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant on March 3rd and 17th. Tickets cost $37.50 and include a dinner buffet, dessert, and the fun of a murder mystery.

If you’re looking for some Irish-themed fun after St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Celtic Dinner Theater from 6-8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Tickets are $49.99 each and include a traditional Irish meal and entertainment from Eric Michael and Julie Powell as well as others.

Be sure to enjoy your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

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