Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is one step closer to reducing its footprint on the world. The Italian-American car brand’s Jefferson North manufacturing plant recently became the 12th FCA North American facility to earn a World Class Manufacturing bronze award designation.
The bronze designation recognizes the plant for its effort in eliminating waste, becoming more productive, and improving product quality and work-force safety. It is the only Detroit automotive assembly plant to receive the designation and is the brand’s sixth facility to receive this accolade since January of this year.
“Achieving bronze is a well-deserved honor for the team at Jefferson North,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President — Manufacturing, FCA North America. “As we have been retooling and shifting production at other plants, Jefferson North has been running virtually non-stop to build some of our most popular vehicles. Our Jefferson North workforce is to be commended for its dedication to applying WCM principles to improve the plant’s operations and embracing it as a way of life.”
The WCM method allows manufacturing plants to strive for the goal of reaching zero waste, zero accidents, zero inventory, and zero breakdowns. This in turn allows FCA to reduce the amount of impact it has on the environment.
To earn the bronze designation from WCM, the Jefferson North plant underwent individual audits throughout the year with assessments being done on WCM know-how and competence. This was done through employee presentations and a review of project execution across the plant.
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