WAYNE, Mich. - Michigan Assembly (MAP) has become the first automotive facility to be selected Assembly Plant of the Year by ASSEMBLY magazine. The publication officially presented the award this afternoon at the home of the Ford Focus and C-MAX in Wayne, Mich.
“We chose MAP as our 2012 winner because the plant is a showcase for flexible, green, lean manufacturing,” said Senior Editor Austin Weber. “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.”
Ford Vice President of North America Manufacturing Jim Tetreault congratulated MAP employees for earning the award and for pulling off seven launches in one year, including several new vehicles and the successful addition of a third production crew.
“You guys delivered this better than anyone in the company. We did five of these this year – shift additions – and you guys did it so well,” said Tetreault. “You were never on the production report, quality was sustained. You’ve just done a terrific job.”
The cover story of the October issue of ASSEMBLY magazine profiles the people, products and processes of Michigan Assembly plant. Visit www.assemblymag.com to read the article and view a video that highlights some key production processes on the site.
“It’s great news and really good exposure for the plant,” said Don Forchione, quality leader, Michigan Assembly Plant.
Not only did MAP become the first auto plant to win the award, but it’s also the first plant in Michigan to capture the honor. MAP is the world’s first factory to build fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles and three versions of electrified vehicles – battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.