Friday, June 06, 2008

Kudos to Toledo Powertrain, Toledo Jeep and Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance

From today's Blade, congrats to three Toledo-area auto plants:

In an unprecedented, near-sweep reminiscent of a blockbuster movie at the Academy Awards, Toledo-area auto workers yesterday won three of four much-coveted annual awards for productivity from a highly respected industry observer.

For the first time, three Toledo-area automotive plants were labeled best in North America, beating out all Detroit Three, Japanese, and European rivals for how long it takes to make their products, according to the 2008 Harbour Report.

Chrysler LLC's Toledo Supplier Park, which builds the iconic Jeep Wrangler, was the most productive vehicle assembly plant, using 13.57 man-hours to build a vehicle. It was the first time the supplier park, which was built in 2004, won its category.
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General Motors Corp.'s Toledo Powertrain plant won in the transmission factory category for the second year in a row.
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Also making its debut atop the annual Harbour list is the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance engine plant in Dundee, Mich., which is co-owned by Chrysler, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi. Workers there used just 1.84 hours to build an engine, which are used in vehicles around the world.

1 comment:

Lani said...

The productivity improvement of the Detroit 3 (Ford, Chrysler, GM... not the "Big Three" anymore!) has been very positive, however productivity is just one part of the success equation. The day before the Harbour Report came out the brand quality ratings were released. Correlation? Nope. In fact, the most productive plant... Chrysler's Jeep plant in Toledo, made the product that scored last in brand quality... the Jeep. That should tell factory managers why it can be disastrous to focus purely on productivity. See what the manufacturing guys at Evolving Excellence are saying about these two reports:

http://www.evolvingexcellence.com/blog/2008/06/productivity-is.html

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