ST PETERSBURG, Russia – Last week the U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul made a landmark visit to the Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia.
Dr McFaul was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation by President Obama in 2011. Ambassador McFaul toured the St. Petersburg facility and was given a presentation about the Ford Sollers joint venture.
Mike Warzecha, vice president HR, Ford Sollers said: “We were very proud to show off one of our great facilities and also share our exciting story with the Ambassador and some of his St. Petersburg staff. We extended an invitation for him to also visit our Tatarstan facilities in the near future.
“The Ambassador shared with us his view what we are doing with our Ford Sollers joint venture is exactly what the vision is for the future of U.S. and Russia relationships.”
Gray Greenway, vice president, Manufacturing, Ford Sollers, said: “We are really proud of the accomplishments of the Ford Sollers Team in St. Petersburg.”
The Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk was the first full manufacturing, non-domestic, automotive plant in Russia when it was opened in 2002. It is now one of three plants operated by Ford Sollers.
Over 2,700 employees presently work at the facility, which produces around 300 cars a day including the four-door Mondeo and the Focus in all three body styles: five-door, four-door and wagon.