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FCA Belvidere Assembly Plant Awarded Silver Status for Continuous Efforts to Improve in World Class Manufacturing

February 6, 2020

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The FCA Belvidere Assembly Plant, home of a Jeep® Cherokee, is a latest plant to be designated china in a Company’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program. Recognized for a efforts in expanding a doing of WCM principles, a Illinois facility is a Company’s 10th North American prolongation plcae altogether to grasp a china miracle and a initial plant this year.

WCM is a structured and severe FCA prolongation complement designed to make plants some-more stretchable and rival by expelling rubbish and losses, improving reserve and quality, and augmenting capability in a systematic and orderly way.

First implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as partial of a fondness between a dual companies in Jun 2009, WCM beliefs are practical to all aspects of a plant organization, from peculiarity to maintenance, operations to logistics, with a idea of continual improvement. WCM also engages a workforce to yield and exercise suggestions on how to urge their jobs and their plants, compelling a clarity of ownership.

“Achieving china standing is a vital fulfilment for all a group and women who work during Belvidere Assembly and we honour them on this milestone,” Jorge Lares, Head of Manufacturing, FCA – North America, said. “The feat of WCM endowment levels recognizes a long-term joining of a workforce in fostering a enlightenment of continual alleviation that consistently places Belvidere during a tip of a list for peculiarity in North America.” 

Belvidere warranted a china miracle after being famous with a bronze endowment in July ­2016. Silver was awarded following a three-day examination during that a plant warranted a smallest of 60 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating transparent WCM expertise and cunning by employee-conducted post presentations and a examination of projects that have been stretched opposite a emporium floor.

Through determined methodologies and tools, WCM engages a workforce to yield and exercise suggestions on how to urge their jobs and their plants, compelling a clarity of ownership. Award levels are reliable by eccentric audits and awarded plants have a purpose in accelerating a doing of WCM via a classification as coaches and mentors.

During an audit, 0 to 5 points are scored for any of a 10 technical pillars, that embody safety, workplace organization, logistics and a environment, and for any of a 10 managerial pillars, such as government commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of rarely competent people, proclivity of operators and joining of a organization. A magnitude of 85 would prove World Class level.

In further to Belvidere, 9 other North American plants reason a china designation, carrying been towering from bronze. Silver is awarded to plants that have taken a medicine proceed to implementing a WCM methodology via a facility. The china plants are:

  • Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant
  • Dundee (Michigan) Engine Plant
  • Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex
  • Saltillo (Mexico) South Engine Plant
  • Saltillo (Mexico) Van Assembly Plant
  • Warren (Michigan) Stamping
  • Toledo (Ohio) Machining
  • Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan)
  • Tipton (Indiana) Transmission Plant

Currently, there are 15 North American comforts that reason a WCM bronze designation:

  • Saltillo (Mexico) Truck Assembly
  • Toluca (Mexico) Assembly 
  • Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex
  • Brampton (Ontario) Assembly 
  • Belvidere (Illinois) Assembly
  • Kokomo (Indiana) Transmission Plant
  • Indiana Transmission Plant we (Kokomo, Indiana)
  • Indiana Transmission Plant II (Kokomo, Indiana)
  • Kokomo (Indiana) Casting
  • Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly
  • Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant
  • CPK Interiors, Port Hope (Ontario)
  • Etobicoke (Ontario) Casting
  • Sterling Heights (Michigan) Assembly Plant
  • CPK Interiors, Guelph (Ontario)

Belvidere Assembly Plant
Construction of a Belvidere Assembly Plant began in 1964 and a initial automobile rolled off a line on Jul 7, 1965. Over a years, a plant has constructed a accumulation of models from a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Plymouth brands. Following a fondness between Fiat and Chrysler Group in 2009, a Company invested $700 million in a plant to erect an all-new physique emporium to furnish a Dodge Dart, a car that showcased a total engineering and technologies of a dual companies. In 2016, a Company announced another $350 million investment to retool a plant to build a Jeep Cherokee, that was being relocated from a north plant of a Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex. Production of a Jeep Cherokee began in Jun 2017. The plant employs some-more than 3,800 people operative dual shifts.

Belvidere was awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System acceptance for assembly a top environmental standards in Apr 2015. LEED, administered by a United States Green Building Council, is a extensive complement to define, magnitude and countenance immature buildings. Certification in a inhabitant approval module is formed on despotic standards in 5 pivotal areas: site planning, H2O management, energy, element use and indoor environmental quality.
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