Ford Motor’s Michigan Assembly Plant receives Plant of the Year Award by Assembly Magazine

Ford Motors Company, the global automotive leaders have their leading plant based in Dearborn, Michigan. It is this state of the art plant which has received the Plant of the Year award from Assembly Magazine. This is the first time that an automaker and an entire plant in Michigan has received this award. Michigan Assembly Plant is a prime example of Ford’s endeavor towards green manufacturing and change over from manufacturing massive SUVs to more fuel efficient smaller vehicles.

Ford now produces the Focus, Focus ST and Focus Electric from their Michigan Plant while increasing production of their C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid. Ford continues to work towards reducing cost of production, increasing productivity and improving the quality of the product in the market. It is hence that they have been chosen for this prestigious award which impressed on the jury to company’s decision to turn away from production of larger SUVs to more fuel efficient vehicles, something that is yet unheard of in the auto industry.

Michigan Assembly Plant was revamped at an investment of $550 million in early 2010 while production commenced with the 2012 Ford Focus. Since then the company produced the Focus Electric Zero Emission, Focus ST and C-MAX Hybrid and Energi Hybrid. Earlier this year the company took on 1200 additional workers while adding a third production line now taking total number of employee to 5170. Ford Motors India have launched the new Ford Figo compact car in India yesterday. Price details: Figo Petrol starts at INR 384,999 and New Figo Diesel starts at INR 481,999, ex-showroom Delhi and INR 385,437 (Petrol) and INR 482,438 (Diesel), ex-showroom Thane.

Auto news release: Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant Named Plant Of The Year By ASSEMBLY Magazine

Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) is the first plant in Michigan and the first auto plant to earn Plant of the Year honors from ASSEMBLY Magazine
ASSEMBLY Magazine cites MAP’s flexible, green manufacturing and transformation from producing large SUVs to fuel-efficient small cars
Following a $550-million transformation, MAP now produces the Focus, Focus ST and Focus Electric, and is ramping up production of the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant has been named Assembly Plant of the Year by ASSEMBLY Magazine. It is the first time an automaker, as well as a plant in Michigan, has earned the honor.

“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.”

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, said Austin Weber, senior editor for ASSEMBLY Magazine.

“We chose MAP as our 2012 winner because the plant is a showcase for flexible, green, lean manufacturing,” Weber said. “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.”

Following a $550-million transformation, Ford re-opened MAP in early 2010 with production of the 2012 Focus. Ford has since added the Focus Electric zero-emission battery electric vehicle and the Focus ST performance model. The company is now ramping up production of the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

In May, MAP added a third production crew with 1,200 new jobs. The plant currently employs 5,170 workers.