The FCA transmission plant in Tipton, Indiana received a “silver” designation by the Company’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology. The Indiana facility is the tenth North American plant overall to receive this award.
WCM, the structured FCA production methodology, recognizes plants that make efforts to eliminate waste, increase productivity, and improve quality and safety.
“I want to applaud the team at Tipton for dedicating themselves to achieving silver just two years after receiving bronze,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “This award is not only significant for Tipton, but also for FCA US. With five plants earning silver since January, it demonstrates that the pace of WCM implementation is accelerating as our employees continue to develop a deeper understanding of the methodology and share their knowledge with others.”
WCM methodology was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and expanded to the entire Chrysler Group in 2009. The goal of the methodology is to promote continuous improvement by conducting audits throughout the facility and engaging the workforce to provide improvement suggestions.
The nine other FCA North American facilities that have been designated silver are: Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant, Dundee (Michigan) Engine Plant, Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex, Saltillo (Mexico) South Engine Plant, Mack Avenue (Detroit) Engine Plant, Saltillo (Mexico) Van Assembly Plant, Warren (Michigan) Stamping, Toledo (Ohio) Machining and Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan).