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Dundee Engine Earns WCM silver

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA US announced yesterday that the Dundee Engine Plant in Michigan has been awarded silver status for implementing World Class Manufacturing standards.

The Dundee plant is the only North American engine plant, and the second North American plant of any kind, to earn the silver designation. The Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada was the first: it was awarded silver status in March 2014.


The award resulted from a two-day audit, the culmination of a five-year process. Dundee adopted the WCM operating system five years ago, and in 2012, it became the first North American plant to earn Bronze status, the first award level.

The plant produces four-cylinder engines including the Chrysler 2.0 and 2.4 liter engines, TigerShark and standard, as well as the American versions of Fiat’s 1.4 liter engines; it currently is running well below capacity.  When it opened (North Plant in 2005, south Plant in 2006), it was part of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) between DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi.  In 2009, Chrysler bought out the interests owned by Hyundai and Mitsubishi, and in 2012, the name was officially changed to Dundee Engine Plant.

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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