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Sterling Stamping goes bronze

by David Zatz on

The Sterling Heights stamping plant is the latest facility to gain bronze status in “World Class Manufacturing” (WCM), making an even dozen American plants with the status. The fifty year old plant is also gaining three new press lines (at a cost of $166 millions) to meet increased demand, with full production expected in mid-2016.

Sterling Stamping is the largest stamping plant in the world; its products are used in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela. WCM was launched by Fiat in 2006 and at Chrysler in 2009; it has some resemblance to quality initiatives launched by Chrysler in the 1990s and to worldwide programs such as ISO 9000.

The audit was done by two executives from CNH. The Windsor Assembly Plant and Dundee Engine Plant have passed from Bronze to Silver.

Sterling Stamping employs 2,300 people and makes parts (such as hoods, roofs, and liftgates) for minivans, compact and mid-sized cars, midsize and compact SUVs, and pickups.

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