2.4l Tigershark 1-4US – The facility in Michigan has become the first in the country to achieve this World Class Manufacturing (WCM) level, and the only North American engine plant to do so. The designation was achieved slightly over five years after implementing WCM, following a two-day audit this month.

Silver status puts Dundee in second place among the North American factories of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), after Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Dundee was the first facility to earn bronze status, in April 2012; silver requires a minimum of 60 points in the ten technical and ten managerial ‘pillars’ of WCM.

“Dundee Engine Plant employees were early adopters of the WCM methodology and their commitment to furthering its implementation now has resulted in a silver designation,” said Brian Harlow, VP – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “They clearly demonstrated a deeper understanding of the methodology and embraced the opportunity to showcase their significant progress during the audit.”

WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.