Several pension plan sponsors made SEC filings indicating contributions to their pension plans:
• Ford Motor Co. contributed $2.4 billion toward its defined benefit plans as of April 30, according to the company's May 5 10-Q filing. Ford announced in March that it intends to contribute $2.8 billion this year and confirmed in its 10-Q that it will contribute the remaining $400 million later this year. Ford's U.S. pension plans totaled about $39.6 billion as of Dec. 31.
• United Parcel Service Corp., Atlanta, contributed $2 million to its pension plans in the first quarter and expects to contribute an additional $728 million during the remainder of 2005, according to the company's quarterly report filed with the SEC. The company had about $9.96 billion in plan assets and just more than $9 billion in liabilities as of Sept. 30.
• Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., contributed $18 million to its $7.1 billion pension plan in the first quarter, according to the company's quarterly 10-Q filing. The company does not expect to be required to make additional contributions this year. In 2004, Johnson & Johnson contributed $531 million to the plan.