Indiana Diecaster Earns World Class Manufacturing Bronze Award
October 30, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), London, announced its Kokomo Casting Plant, Kokomo, Ind., has earned bronze status in World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a methodology focused on reducing waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety. The 625,000-sq.-ft. facility, the largest diecasting plant in the world, is the first casting-specific operation to earn such recognition and Fiat-Chrysler’s 11th site to do so in North America.
“It is appropriate that this honor comes as Kokomo Casting marks 50 years in operation because it recognizes the commitment of our workforce to building on the plant’s history and creating a global path for future success,” said Brian Harlow, vice president. “WCM continues to be a vital part of this company’s growth and could not have been achieved without the support of our UAW partners.”
One of five FCA U.S. Indiana facilities, Kokomo Casting employs nearly 1,300 people and uses nearly 500 tons of metal daily in casting aluminum parts for automotive components, transmission and transaxle cases, and engine blocks. The facility is best known for supporting the production of the eight- and nine-speed transmissions found in vehicles such as the Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Ram 1500. More than a million of each transmission has been assembled and shipped from the Kokomo and nearby Tipton, Ind., manufacturing facilities.