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Indiana: World Class Manufacturing Academy

FCA US World Class Manufacturing Academy Spreads Its Roots to Indiana

FCA US and UAW make $2.1 million investment in two Indiana training facilities
Fourth World Class Manufacturing Academy installment since 2012
FCA US has committed investments of more than $1.9 billion and added more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations since June 2009

February 21, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -



A new opportunity for FCA US LLC employees to learn and grow is sprouting in Indiana.

The Company announced today its plans to officially open a fourth installment of its World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA) in the Hoosier State this March. Branded “WCMA Indiana,” the $2.1 million investment, funded by FCA US and the UAW, will serve employees from all five area facilities at two locations: the Tipton Transmission Plant (TTP) and the UAW National Training Center (NTC) Kokomo.


“In Indiana, we are harvesters, so it is only natural that we apply our skills in nurturing and cultivating to our manufacturing workforce,” said Lori Hoback, FCA US Co-lead – WCMA Indiana. “FCA US and the UAW have a responsibility to develop the current and next generation of workers to continue supporting the production of some of the world’s most recognizable automotive brands. When we invest in our people, we invest in our products and our customers. Everyone wins.”

Because Indiana is the hub for the Company’s transmission and casting production, the new Academy will serve as an ideal training location for the 8,200 Kokomo and Tipton-based employees. The curriculum has been specifically developed to meet the unique needs of this specialized workforce. Pilot classes began in January 2017 to help finalize the new curriculum and certify the trainers and facilitators.

“The UAW and FCA US understand the significance of investing in and empowering our people, which are equally as important as investing in equipment and products,” said Cherylene Hough, UAW Co-lead – WCMA Indiana. “We are all thrilled about opening the WCM Academy here in Indiana. As a team, we are eagerly preparing to develop the finest local manufacturing talent in the industry.”

The Tipton location will replicate the original Academy located in Warren, Michigan, with hands-on training in a flexible, open concept environment. Employees learning at this location will share the benefit of immediate application through actual floor experience at any one of the five local plants. The NTC location will focus on technical training geared toward skilled trades and engineering groups in partnership with Indiana University, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College.

This is the fourth installment of the WCM Academy since the grand opening of its flagship operation in January 2012. Since then, the WCMA has taken its training on wheels with the WCMA Mobile Unit in 2013, bringing its core curriculum right to the plant floors for more immediate learning. A year later, the Warren, Michigan, Academy underwent a 15,000-square-foot expansion and also established a satellite facility in Saltillo, Mexico.

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and apply suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. 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. As of September 2016, all five Indiana facilities have earned bronze designations in implementing WCM and are working toward achieving silver status, making the training at the WCMA Indiana crucial to their success.

Since 2009, FCA US has committed investments of more than $1.9 billion and added more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations. The five Kokomo- and Tipton-area manufacturing plants (Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting, Indiana Transmission I and II, and Tipton Transmission) produce the four-, five-, six-, eight-, and nine-speed transmissions powering some of the Company’s most recognizable vehicles including the Chrysler 300, Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Ram pickup. In addition, TTP is the manufacturing site for the innovative eFlite dual-motor electrically variable transmission that powers the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the most efficient minivan of all time.

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FCA US Dedicates State-of-the-Art Training Facilities in Indiana

FCA US Dedicates State-of-the-Art Training Facilities in Indiana

Doors officially open on fourth North American World Class Manufacturing Academy
Company and UAW leadership, local dignitaries, employees celebrate commitment to growing and cultivating local workforce
Two locations to offer unique training opportunities geared toward Powertrain employees in five area facilities
FCA US has committed investments of more than $2.1 billion and added more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations since June 2009



March 21, 2017 , Tipton, Ind. -

With the mission of cultivating, planting and growing its Indiana workforce, FCA US officially celebrated the opening of two new training facilities in the Hoosier state during a ceremony today at the World Class Manufacturing Academy housed inside the Tipton Transmission Plant.

Via a live feed linking the Tipton location with a second training site at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) in Kokomo, the Company showcased the state-of-the-art technology and unique hands-on curriculum that was developed to meet the needs of the 8,200 local powertrain employees.

The Company’s Head of Manufacturing Brian Harlow, joined by UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, told the audience that investments in buildings and equipment are crucial, but nothing is more important than having an educated and well-trained workforce.


“World Class Manufacturing has fueled a true cultural change at our company, because its goal of continuous improvement depends on engaging people at every level in planning, executing and problem solving,” said Harlow. “The Academy was developed in order to accelerate the pace at which we implement the World Class Manufacturing system and take it to higher levels.”

World Class Manufacturing (WCM) is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages employees to provide and apply suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. It was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.

Supported by a $2.1 million investment from FCA US and the UAW, the goal of the Tipton and Kokomo training sites is to transfer WCM “know-how” to more than 1,500 participants each year and cultivate an enriched culture of continuous improvement and learning.

The Tipton academy replicates the original Warren, Michigan, facility with hands-on training in a flexible, open concept environment. As part of the grand opening festivities, guests had the opportunity to participate in several training simulations, many of them incorporating popular children’s games and toys. Concepts like workplace organization and problem solving are taught using the game Operation and the Bike Build Line. A slot car that jumps the track mimics a piece of equipment stopping on the assembly line, teaching skills to identify and correct the issue. Trivia Basketball and FCA Jeopardy reinforce common WCM concepts and themes.

During the live feed from the NTC, guests got a tour of the renovated space, featuring a lab specifically designed for skilled trades training. The technical training curriculum was developed in partnership with Indiana University, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College. Also at the NTC site, FCA US employees and community members can take classes to earn an Associate’s degree through Ivy Tech, then work toward a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue.

“Today’s high-tech manufacturing requires workers who are adaptable, can think critically and understand how to problem-solve,” said Harlow. “Working together with state and local schools, we are helping to train the next generation of advanced manufacturing employees and creating a pipeline for future workers.”

This is the fourth installment of the WCM Academy (WCMA) since the grand opening of its flagship operation in January 2012. Since then, the WCMA has taken its training on wheels with the WCMA Mobile Unit in 2013, bringing its core curriculum right to the plant floors for more immediate learning. A year later, the Warren academy underwent a 15,000-square-foot expansion and also established a satellite facility in Saltillo, Mexico.

As of September 2016, all five Indiana facilities have earned bronze designations in implementing WCM and are working toward achieving silver status, making the training at the WCMA Indiana crucial to their success.

Since 2009, FCA US has committed investments of more than $2.1 billion and added more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations. The five Kokomo- and Tipton-area manufacturing plants (Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting, Indiana Transmission I and II, and Tipton Transmission) produce the four-, five-, six-, eight- and nine-speed transmissions, powering some of the Company’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Ram pickup. In addition, Tipton is the manufacturing site for the innovative eFlite dual-motor electrically variable transmission that powers the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the most efficient minivan of all time.

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Published on Mar 22, 2017
FCA US officials, UAW leadership, local dignitaries and employees dedicated the new World Class Manufacturing Academy March 21, 2017.

This is the fourth World Class Manufacturing Academy, and will serve the 8,200 Kokomo and Tipton-based employees.

The curriculum for WCMA Indiana has been specifically developed to meet the unique needs of the specialized workforce.

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