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Toledo Assembly Complex hits WCM milestone

by Bill Cawthon on

The Toledo Assembly Complex today became the third Chrysler Group facility to be awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and is now one of the highest ranking of all the Company’s North American manufacturing facilities.

WCM is a methodology focusing on reducing waste while increasing productivity, quality and safety through workforce empowerment.

The bronze award is earned by obtaining a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars Points are awarded for demonstration of WCM knowledge and competence. Following an audit conducted yesterday and today, the Toledo complex scored 52 points, tying the score achieved by the Dundee, Michigan plant in April of this year. The Windsor Assembly Plant has also achieved bronze status.

“The Toledo employees have dedicated themselves to accelerating the rate of improvement in their plant in order to achieve bronze. To equal or surpass two other exceptional facilities is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of their hard work,” said Scott Garberding, Head of Manufacturing/WCM, Chrysler Group LLC. “Together with our UAW partners, Chrysler Group is demonstrating its commitment to making our manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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