It’s a tale of two supplier strategies. One futuristic yarn has Chrysler planning a vehicle assembly plant in 2005 where suppliers own and operate sections of the facility and supplier employees outnumber the auto maker’s own workers by 50%. The other fable has Ford deciding it has foisted too much engineering responsibility on its Tier 1 suppliers. It’s time, Ford now has decided, to bring some of that work back in-house. That doesn’t rule out supplier parks, but Ford still is master of ...

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