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Building the 2009 Dodge Ram and Dakota: Inside the Factory

Photos by J.P. Joans

These photos provide an unusual look into the Warren, Michigan factory where the 2009 Dodge Ram and Dakota were made.

Within the factory, there’s bumper to bumper traffic. Get it? Ha, ha.

bumpers

Parts of the Dakota look quite dashing.

dashes

Here, the bodies travel by rail.

dodge ram assembly line

We talked about “problem boards” in the empowered work teams article; similar systems helped Volvo in years past, and are used by Toyota and Honda today. The employees work in groups to solve problems and raise quality.

problem solving teams

It was 2009, but the logo was already Chrysler. Not “DaimlerChrysler” or “CerberusChrysler.”

problem solving board

Here’s the chassis-assembly monorail.

monorail for chassis assembly

Using these plastic totes eliminated tons of unnecessary waste — Chrysler employees came up with the idea back in the pre-Daimler days.

tote

Warren: the plant with two stories to tell.

warren second story

assembly line

cab

Ram chassis

ram factory

line stop

Rams get a grilling...

grilles

more grilles

engine and chassis

ram truck bodies being assembled

2009 rams

In case you were wondering, executives sometimes need to park, too.

parking

Outside the plant

These photos were taken by Christopher J. Carpenter in summer 2011 as part of the Allpar Factory Road Tour.

Warren auditorium

Warren entrance

Warren parking

Warren sign

corner

Warren Stamping sign

Warren stamping UAW sign

Chrysler Warren Stamping plant

truck plant

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