Chrysler Group LLCs Belvidere Assembly Plant -- Home of the 2013 Dodge Dart -- Receives Economic Development in Illinois Award
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Our New York car dealers are proud to add new car brands to our Long Island car dealers family. We have recently added a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram dealership and these new brands are making headlines! The new 2013 Dodge Dart has just been awarded the Economic Development in Illinois Award!
Source: PR Newswire
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nowadays, it's not just the all-new Dodge Dart that is turning heads and winning awards. Chrysler Group LLC's Belvidere Assembly Plant, home of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, was recognized as a winner of an Economic Development in Illinois Award (Edie). The annual award is given jointly by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council to recognize significant economic development projects finished in the prior year throughout Illinois. The Edies were formally presented at an event last week at the Illinois Chamber's annual meeting in Chicago.
To fully appreciate the honor of the award, one need only to look back to 2009 – when future production at Belvedere Assembly Plant (BVP) was uncertain. In June of that year, BVP implemented World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, improving quality and safety, and restoring dignity to the employees. As a result, Belvidere employees submitted more than 20,000 suggestions and implemented more than 3,400 projects that have a potential annualized savings of $32 million – placing the plant on the path toward achieving Bronze status, the first milestone of WCM.
In recognition of those efforts, Chrysler Group – with the support of state and local government, as well as its UAW partners – announced in October 2010 that it would invest $600 million in a new 638,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art body shop and in new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment exclusively for the production of the all-new Dodge Dart.
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