Manufacturers are continuing to lead sustainability efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce the impact on the environment. Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant has made great strides to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly and has been named Assembly Plant of the Year by ASSEMBLY Magazine.
In 2010 Ford transformed the plant to a green manufacturing facility and switched from producing large SUVs to smaller fuel-efficient cars. It is the first auto plant and first facility in Michigan to receive the award from ASSEMBLY Magazine.
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.”
Ford is now beginning to ramp up production of the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and in the process they are creating new jobs. The Michigan Assembly Plant added 1,200 new jobs in May and currently employs 5,170 workers.
Manufacturers are leaders in innovation and the Michigan Assembly Plant is another great example of that innovation at work to save energy and protect the environment. Congratulations to Ford and all the workers at the Michigan Assembly Plant on being named Assembly Plant of the Year.