Fiat Chrysler has announced its Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio has been awarded World Class Manufacturing ‘silver status’ following a two-day audit of the plant.
In order to earn ‘silver’ WCM status, FCA’s Toledo plant had to have earned a minimum of 60 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars during the audit. The overall competence of the plant and its employees are also reviewed through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of ongoing projects at the facility.
FCA’s Toledo plant received ‘bronze’ WCM status in back 2012. Its reception of the ‘silver’ status this week makes it the third FCA plant to carry the designation, with its Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario plant and Dundee Engine Plant in Michigan also boasting ‘silver’ WCM ratings.
“The Toledo Assembly Complex employees have a longstanding commitment to supporting the iconic Jeep brand and its 75 years of legendary heritage,” said FCA manufatruing vice president Brian Harlow. “They have applied that same dedication to developing a deeper understanding of the World Class Manufacturing methodology, which solidifies their position as an integral part of the Company’s industrial footprint. We applaud their efforts, which have resulted in being designated a silver plant.”
WCM methodologies focus on eliminating or reducing waste, increasing productivity and improving workplace quality and safety. Fiat first implemented the practices at its plants in 2006 and brought the program along with it when it acquired Chrysler Group in 2009. FCA says WCM “engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership.”
The Toledo, OH plant is currently tasked with building the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee will soon leave the Toledo facility in order to make way for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the Wrangler-based pickup that will eventually accompany it.