Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 22, 2013

Kokomo plants win Chrysler Group awards

Transmission plant 1 and two individuals recognized

From staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Chrysler Group and the UAW recognized the company’s high achievers in manufacturing at the first-ever World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Academy Awards ceremony held at the UAW-Chrysler Technology Training Center in Warren, Mich., Thursday.

Chrysler Group’s Vice President of Manufacturing Mauro Pino and the UAW’s Vice President of the Chrysler Department General Holiefield hosted the event for more than 500 attendees, including award nominees from 26 facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

The event was designed to honor the best performances in manufacturing at the plant and individual levels. Winners were recognized for successes achieved as a result of the training received at the WCM Academy, which launched in January 2012.

Using the core values of the academy — excellence, talent, togetherness, energy, etc. — a special award was created called the ETTEE, a unique, hand-blown blue glass statue, presented to 27 winners in 14 award categories.

The Indiana Transmission Plant 1 received two awards: Highest Level of Project Savings and Most Hosted Plant.

Rod Engel, an employee at ITP 1, received an award for Highest Level of Project Savings – Perimeter by Individual.

And Pam Burkett of ITP 2 won an individual award for most training hours completed.

“Our people are the life blood of this company, so we were thrilled to host the first WCM Academy Awards to recognize their hard work and achievements,” said Pino. “Working to make improvements in our manufacturing processes is not only rewarding for each employee personally, but also for Chrysler Group as a whole.”