Fiat Chrysler’s Mack Avenue Engine and Toledo Machining plants have been awarded with ‘Bronze’ status in the automaker’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) factory classification system.
Fiat first implemented WCM practices in 2006 in an effort to engage its workforce to provide and implement ways to improve their jobs and their plants. When Fiat joined forces with Chrysler in 2009, Fiat Chrysler adopted the practice for its international network of production facilities.
The Mack Avenue and Toledo facilities were required to earn a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following two-day audit in order to achieve WCM Bronze status. FCA says both sites “demonstrated clear WCM know-how and competence.”
“The road to bronze for both of these facilities has had its challenges, but their tireless effort and resilient commitment to WCM has now been recognized and duly rewarded,” said FCA’s vice president of manufacturing, Brian Harlow. “Using the WCM methodology, our employees are suggesting process improvements to help eliminate waste, increase productivity and improve quality and safety, which are ultimately making our facilities more efficient.”
“The involvement of our UAW partners in the implementation of WCM has been critical to the success we have achieved since 2009,” Harlow added. “Their continued commitment will ensure that the Company meets its long-term business goals and provides a secure future for all employees.”