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.
General Motors Corp.'s Toledo Powertrain plant won in the transmission factory category for the second year in a row.
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.
Friday, June 06, 2008
From today's Blade, congrats to three Toledo-area auto plants: