Ford Michigan Assembly Recognized as ‘Plant of the Year’ By Assembly Magazine

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Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) was given the title of “Assembly Plant of the Year” by Assembly Magazine. Marking the first time any Michigan plant or automaker has earned the title.  According to Austin Weber, senior editor of Assembly Magazine, The goal of the Assembly Plant of the Year award is to identify a state of the art facility that has applied world class processes to reduce production cost, increase productivity and shorten time to market or improve product quality.

Assembly magazine cites the plants flexible, green manufacturing and transformation from producing large SUVs to fuel efficient small cars as one of the reasons MAP earned the title. “We chose MAP as our 2012 winner because the plant is a showcase for flexible, green, lean manufacturing,” said Weber.

Ford’s MAP is located in Wayne, Michigan about 20 miles west of Detroit. The plant, which was known for making larger vehicles such as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, has since switched to producing smaller vehicles following a $550 million transformation in 2010. “We were also impressed that Ford took a plant that produced large SUVs and turned it into a state-of-the-art facility that makes fuel-efficient small cars. That’s not something that we often see in manufacturing.”

MAP now produces Ford Focus, Focus Electric, Focus ST and is now ramping up production on the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in Hybrid. In May Ford added 1,200 new Jobs to the plant which currently employs 5,170.

“MAP is an example of Ford manufacturing at its best – a flexible facility that is using a highly trained work force to build fuel efficient vehicles in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. “We are proud that our hard work has been recognized by experts who know manufacturing.”

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