After awarding its Tipton, Indiana transmission plant with World Class Manufacturing Bronze status earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler has handed the same distinction to its Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois.
FCA’s WCM ratings system awards its plants for practices that work toward eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving workplace quality and safety. In order to earn WCM status the plant must earn a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars during a two-day audit.
Belvidere is the 15th North American plant to receive FCA’s ‘Bronze’ WCM designation. FCA says the Illinois-based facility “demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor.”
Following the announcement of the plant’s WCM ‘Bronze’ status, FCA announced Belvidere would be the recipient of a $350 million investment in order to accommodate production of the Jeep Cherokee. The investment will create 300 new jobs at the plant.
“Today is an exciting and important day for the Belvidere plant as these announcements solidify the plant’s future as an integral part of our industrial footprint,” said FCA vp of manufacturing Brian Harlow said. “Not only did the employees demonstrate their commitment to implementing WCM and were recognized with the bronze designation, but the pride and integrity with which they build our vehicles has secured their plant’s position as the next production home of the Jeep Cherokee. We applaud the Belvidere workforce for both of these accomplishments and look forward to the next chapter in the plant’s history.”