Chrysler Jefferson North Facility Transformed as Much as 2011 GC

Date 2010/5/21 12:48:24 | Topic: Grand Cherokee

With the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee being launched as I type this, the Chrysler blog was just updated with a story about the transformation that its assembly plant has undergone:
The nearly 3-million-square-foot assembly plant thatís been building the Jeep Grand Cherokee since it was first introduced in 1992 is among the first Chrysler Group LLC manufacturing facility to undergo a significant transformation through the World Class Manufacturing process. WCM isn't a window-dressing acronym masking minor changes to assembling vehicles. Itís a bottom-up rethink of how the plant is organized and how its employees approach their jobs with an eye toward maximizing productivity and minimizing waste.

"WCM is designed to make our plants flexible and competitive with the best in the world," said Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group LLC. "At the same time, WCM also is intended to put dignity into the work place, and this is not an inconsequential thing."

More than 1,977 projects have been implemented and 4,161 projects have started in 28 Chrysler Group plants since the program was launched last summer.

WCM doesn't simply dictate to employees and plant managers how to organize and perform their jobs. This is an interactive process; employees are empowered to identify and correct problems they encounter Ė continually improving they what they do.

"Dignity at what people do is crucial," said Marchionne. "The workplace should be a place that you can be proud of, that you can take your kids to and show them where you work, and that will reflect fundamental values of human self-respect.

"That's why WCM is such an agent of change," Marchionne continued.
The practice of WCM takes aim at eliminating what Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC, calls "classic" waste issues. They range from overproduction to excess machine motion and surplus material. It also changes the mindset around what constitutes waste and how employees can reduce it.

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