LOUISVILLE - Ford Motor Company is one of the most innovative of car companies. It should come as no surprise that there is a high interest in touring Ford’s many assembly plants and facilities for a glimpse into the process, technology and people that produce best-in-world quality vehicles.
Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) opened its doors to tours in 2013, something that has not happened in 10 years. Since that time, a wide array of visitors have toured, representing a variety of interests, backgrounds and professions. LAP hosted Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, state and local government officials, news media outlets, and many local business leaders.
Most recently, members of United States Army Acquisition and Logistics Personnel, based at Fort Knox, spent the morning at LAP. The group, comprised of active duty Army personnel as well as civilian support staff, sought to gain an insight into automation technologies and production.
“We are very excited about opening our doors to the community,” said Daryl Sykes, plant manager, LAP.
Visitors were given a glimpse into the history and background of the plant as well as an overview of the Ford Production System (FPS), which is what defines the way that Ford operates within all of its manufacturing facilities throughout the world.
Technology, logistics, timelines and demands were just a few of the questions posed to Sykes about how the plant is able to run and produce vehicles at the high volume that it does while still focusing on safety and quality.
“We currently lead the company in projected product for 2014. Our performance will have a major impact on determining the quality rankings for the entire company. We must remain focused on every aspect of our performance in order to meet our customers’ expectations. It was great for the United States Army to see and understand the importance of our processes as it relates to their jobs,” stated Sykes.
The group then boarded trams for a tour of the production lines, where they were able to see the vehicles in production, through almost all areas of the plant.
The tour ended at the LAP simulated factory to get a first-hand look into the life of an operator on the assembly line. The factory allows visitors to work on a simulated line and experience a small part of what an operator will go through in an average day.
“The intent was to keep current with cutting edge technology and practices at a top Fortune 500 company which ultimately supports our mission of leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army materiel requirements,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Flint, COL Assignment Officer with U.S. Army Human Resources Command. “We appreciate the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant for their excellent support in this training event.”