Chrysler Group’s Warren Stamping Plant has achieved the goal of a bronze designation from World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It is the first stamping plant to achieve this award. It is the seventh facility in North America to achieve this status since 2009.
World Class Manufacturing was first implemented by Fiat and then brought to the Chrysler Group in 2009. It is designed to reduce waste, increase productivity and ensure high quality and safety. Since its implementation, the company has saved over $1 billion.
The Warren Stamping Plant has been stamping sheet metal into the body panels of vehicles for 65 years and adopted the WCM operating strategies just four years. The distinction was awarded after the facility went through an audit on October 30-31, 2014. To earn bronze, a facility must receive 50 points. This comes from 10 technical and 10 managerial components. The facility earned 51 points.
Included in the components are safety, workplace organization, management commitment and clarity of objectives. Within each component, a score of zero to five points are given. The next designation is 60 points for silver, 70 for gold and 85 for world class. The Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario received silver in March 2014 to become the highest ranking North American plant. This designation is more proof of Chrysler’s commitment to excellence.