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Kokomo is bronzed

by David Zatz on

Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant (KTP) has been awarded bronze status in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It is the seventh North American facility to achieve the milestone.

KTP makes eight- and nine-speed transmissions, and went to bronze four years after WCM conversion started. The award came after a two day audit.  Brian Harlow, head of North American manufacturing for Chrysler, credited KTP employees and UAW support.

Hemi engine with ZF HP8 8-speed transmission

The company declared, “WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009. Since that time, the Company has saved more than $1 billion in controllable manufacturing costs as a result of the implementation of WCM.”

WCM is similar in many ways to Chrysler’s pre-Daimler programs.

Kokomo Transmission Plant

The company has invested $1.5 billion over five years for making the new transmissions. Through the end of November, KTP made 700,000 eight-speeds.

Other facilities with bronze awards are Toledo Assembly, Saltillo Truck, Dundee Engine, Trenton Engine, Indiana Transmission II, and Windsor Assembly, which gained bronze in 2012 and silver earlier this year.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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