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Kokomo transmission plant receives WCM award

by Bill Cawthon on


Indiana Transmission Plant II (ITPII) has become the first Chrysler transmission plant to earn an award for implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM).

The plant achieved bronze status just over four years after adopting the WCM operating systems.

“The employees at ITPII have demonstrated their commitment to World Class Manufacturing by accelerating the rate of improvement in their plant in order to achieve bronze,” said Brian Harlow, head of NAFTA Manufacturing. “The support of the UAW at both the local and international level has been critical in making Chrysler Group’s manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”

The Kokomo plant is the sixth North American plant to receive a WCM award. Four other facilities, the Toledo Assembly Complex, the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant, Dundee Engine Plant and Trenton Engine Complex, also have earned bronze status. The Windsor Assembly Plant earned the silver award earlier this year and is the highest ranking plant in North America.

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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