Trucks, Jeeps

Building the 2009 Dodge Ram and Dakota: Inside the Factory

These photos were sent by J.P. Joans, and provide an unusual look into the Warren, Michigan factory where the 2009 Dodge Ram and Dakota are made.

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


Parts of the Dakota look quite dashing.


No more puns from now on. Promise. Here, the bodies travel by rail — an easier assembly line.

dodge ram assembly line

If you wondered about the problem boards we talked about in the empowered work teams article, here are two examples. This is part of a very clever process which is the antithesis of the Daimler “only engineers from Germany in white coats can do make decisions” system; similar systems helped Volvo in years past, and are used by Toyota and Honda today. Basically, the employees work in groups to solve problems and raise quality, because on most vehicles, quality is not a matter of three or four Really Big Engineering Projects, but a matter of hundreds or thousands of smaller issues (and dozens of bigger ones.) Seriously, take a moment and read the article on empowered work teams. We’ll wait for you.

problem solving teams

Note that the logo is Chrysler. Not “DaimlerChrysler” or “CerberusChrysler.”

problem solving board

Here’s the chassis-assembly monorail. Much more reliable than the one at Newark Airport (which, incidentally, is in Elizabeth).

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.


Warren: the plant with two stories to tell.

warren second story

assembly line


Ram chassis

ram factory

line stop

Rams get a grilling...


more grilles

engine and chassis

ram truck bodies being assembled

2009 rams

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


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


Warren Stamping sign

Warren stamping UAW sign

Chrysler Warren Stamping plant

truck plant

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