April 22, 2014
Chrysler Group LLC's Trenton Engine Complex in Trenton, Mich., has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing world-class manufacturing (WCM). Trenton is the fifth North American facility to achieve the first WCM award milestone.
The plant received the bronze designation about four years after adopting the WCM operating system. Bronze is awarded after earning a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM knowledge and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor.
WCM is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. It 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.