Last month more than 2,200 workers at the FCA Toledo Assembly Complex completed the week-long “Toledo Way” training program. The automaker had partnered with The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation to prepare the workers for the launch of the all-new Jeep Wrangler.
“This training was unprecedented in size and scope. It would have been impossible for us to execute this training while also preparing for an important vehicle launch without the cooperation of the UT and Northwest State Community College staff,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex Plant Manager. “They not only provided us with a location large enough to hold these classes, but enhanced our curriculum by developing unique hands-on activities that would engage our employees,” said Padden. “We believe this experience has given our Toledo workforce the necessary tools to ensure a successful launch of the Wrangler.”
UT assisted in developing hands-on activities that held the attention of those who attended the training, with a focus on expanding the employees’ knowledge of and competence in World Class Manufacturing, which is FCA’s manufacturing methodology. This method prioritizes the elimination of waste while improving quality and safety in a systematic, organized fashion.
Hopefully this training program means the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be a well-built machine that lives up to the discerning “made in America” standards.