VSEVOLOZHSK, Russia – As with any automotive assembly plant, Ford Motor Co. ZAO’s facility, located in a small town some 15 miles (24 km) east of St. Petersburg, has its share of problems. Labor issues, supplier constraints and infrastructure troubles all are part of the job for Theo Streit, general director of Ford’s lone Russian plant. Streit formerly held top engineering positions in the auto maker’s European operations. But despite the similarities to this as well as North American ...

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