Russian Ford Plant Moves to Three Shift Operation to Meet Demand

Russian Ford Plant Moves to Three Shift Operation to Meet Demand

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Ford Motor Company today announced it will move to a three shift production pattern, effective today. Five hundred new employees were recruited and trained at Ford's plant in Vsevolozhsk to fully staff all three shifts.

"The shift to a three shift production pattern is further evidence of the recovery in the Russian economy and increasing demand for both Focus and Mondeo," said Gray Greenway, Ford Motor Company ZAO General Director.

With sales of over 67,000 units in 2010, the Ford Focus was once again the best selling foreign made car in Russia and continues to attract customers through its unbeatable combination of safety, technology and value. The Ford Mondeo with its outstanding EcoBoost engine and PowerShift transmission created new standards in it class and as a result became segment leader.

The Ford Focus currently being produced in Russia is the previous version to the all-new model which is just now going on sale in Europe and North America. The all-new Ford Focus goes into production in Russia later this year.

As Ford cars are flying off the shelf in Russia, the company is increasing production at its Vsevolozhsk facility.