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Kokomo Casting: top FCA casting plant

by David Zatz on

The Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana is the first casting plant to get a bronze status in World Class Manufacturing, according to FCA US. Kokomo Casting, which is now 50 years old, claims to be the world’s largest die-cast facility. It has 1,300 employees and casts nearly a million pounds of metal per day.

Kokomo Casting

The eleventh FCA North American facility to achieve bronze status, Kokomo Casting earned at least 50 points in ten technical and ten managerial pillars. Indiana Transmission II and Kokomo Transmission each received the bronze designation last year.

WCM, which shares aspects of Chrysler Corporation’s 1990s quality improvement systems and various cross-industry quality programs,  was first implemented by Fiat in 2006. The same basic method is used outside of FCA. The audit was conducted by a rep from the WCM center in Europe, and the plant manager of Italy’s VM Motori.

Bronze status is also held by Indiana Transmission II, Kokomo Transmission, Saltillo Truck, Saltillo South Engine, Toledo (Wrangler), Trenton Engine, Toluca Assembly, and Warren Stamping.

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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