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FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Joins a Ranks of Bronze Plants in World Class Manufacturing

October 18, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant has been awarded bronze standing for a efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a Company’s prolongation methodology. It becomes a 24th North American trickery to strech a miracle award.

The suburban Detroit lorry plant, that launched prolongation of a all-new Ram 1500 in 2018, warranted bronze after receiving a smallest of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following a two-day eccentric examination reason on Oct. 16 and 17. The plant demonstrated transparent WCM expertise and cunning by employee-conducted post presentations and a examination of projects implemented opposite a emporium floor. The nomination recognizes a long-term joining of a workforce to creation poignant changes that can secure a destiny of a facility.

“The trail to achieving this endowment has been full of twists and turns for a Sterling Heights workforce, though by it all, they have persevered and demonstrated a joining to ensuring their destiny by a doing of WCM,” Jorge Lares, Head of Manufacturing, FCA North America, said. “Reaching bronze confirms their bargain of a WCM methodology and their loyalty to implementing best practices that urge a altogether peculiarity and reserve in a plant. Our Sterling Heights workforce is to be commended for embracing WCM as a proceed of life.”
WCM, initial implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as partial of a fondness between a dual companies in Jun 2009, is a methodology that engages the employees to yield and exercise suggestions on how to urge their jobs and their plants, compelling a clever clarity of ownership. Plants awarded for their efforts also have a purpose in accelerating a doing of WCM via a classification as coaches and mentors.
During an audit, 0 to 5 points are awarded 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 people, proclivity of operators and joining of a organization. A measure of 85 would prove World Class.

Currently, there are 10 North American plants that reason a china designation, carrying been towering from bronze after receiving a smallest of 60 points during an audit. 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
  • Mack Avenue (Detroit) Engine Plant
  • Saltillo (Mexico) Van Assembly Plant
  • Warren (Michigan) Stamping
  • Toledo (Ohio) Machining
  • Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan)
  • Tipton (Indiana) Transmission Plant

In further to Sterling Heights, there are 13 other comforts that reason a WCM bronze designation:

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

About a Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was built in 1953 as a jet engine plant and was operated by a Army as a Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant with Chrysler portion as contractor, building Redstone and Jupiter missiles. It was converted to an vehicle plant in 1980 by Volkswagen and purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1983.
In Jun 2009, a Company announced that a plant would tighten during a finish of 2010, however prolongation was extended by 2012.

Then in Jul 2010, FCA announced that SHAP would sojourn open indefinitely and supplement a second change of production. Five months later, an $850 million investment was announced to erect an all-new, state-of-the-art paint shop, as good as implement new machinery, prolongation and material-handling apparatus to furnish a Chrysler 200. Nearly a year later, a plant perceived another $165 million investment to supplement a new physique shop. The 200 launched in Mar 2014, though by 2016, marketplace direct was changeable divided from cars to application vehicles and a plant returned to a one change operation in Jul 2016. The final 200 rolled off a line on Dec. 2, 2016.
On July 26, 2016, FCA announced that it would deposit $1.48 billion to retool a plant to build a subsequent era Ram 1500 and support a destiny expansion of a Ram brand. Two months later, a Company reliable that it would emanate 700 new jobs to support prolongation of a new truck, that strictly launched in Mar 2018.
The plant’s new physique emporium perceived LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System acceptance in Jul 2015 for assembly a top environmental standards. 
Sterling Heights employs scarcely 7,800 people operative a 3-2-120 handling settlement – 3 crews operative 4 10-hour days on dual shifts for 120 prolongation hours per week.
About FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a tellurian automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of sparkling brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells tools and services underneath a Mopar name and operates in a components and prolongation systems sectors underneath a Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs scarcely 200,000 people around a globe. For some-more information per FCA, greatfully visit