Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Stamping Plant has been given bronze status for its World Class Manufacturing (WCM) practices, becoming the 12th North American FCA facility to receive the designation.
WCM methodologies look to promote waste reduction, increased productivity and improved quality and safety at FCA’s various production plants. After a two-day audit on December 15th and 16th, the plant earned a minimum of 50 pints in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by “by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor,” FCA says.
The audit comes after FCA announced in July it would invest more than $166 million at its Sterling facility, adding three new press lines in order to meet increased product demand. The new press lines are expected to be up and operational in the first half of 2016, increasing the production capacity of the Sterling plant, which is already the largest of its kind in the world.
“Being awarded bronze after 50 years of service and in the middle of a significant expansion is a remarkable achievement,” said vice president of FCA manufacturing, Brian Harlow. “The bronze designation recognizes the focus, dedication and commitment of our workforce to building on the achievements of the past while laying a solid foundation for the future.”
During a typical WCM audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which range from safety and workplace organization to logistics and the environment and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization.