March 29, 2014

First Chrysler Group Plant receives the World Class Manufacturing milestone in North America

Chrysler Group LLC's Windsor (Ont.) Assembly Plant has been awarded silver status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the highest ranking of any of the company's North American manufacturing facilities.

The plant received the
silver designation just over four years after adopting the WCM operating system following a three-day audit March 26-28, 2014. Silver is awarded after earning a minimum of 60 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor.

"Accomplishing silver is a significant achievement as it demonstrates a deeper understanding of the WCM methodology," said Mauro Pino, Vice-President and Head of Manufacturing/WCM, Chrysler Group LLC. "We couldn't be more proud of our Windsor employees who embraced the opportunity to lead the way for our other facilities."

"Together with our Unifor partners, the Windsor plant is showing its commitment to making our manufacturing facilities among the best in the world," Pino added.

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 100 would indicate World Class.


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