DNA of world class manufacturing at Chrysler's Belvidere assembly plant

By Robert Allen

This Fundamentals Series presentation offers a look into Chrysler's state-of-the-art assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

When he took the reins as launch manager of the Dodge Dart at Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, Bob Allen used the pillars of World Class Manufacturing, a Fiat-led culture that embraces workplaces integration, to make the plant a state-of-the-art facility. This presentation by Allen explains how they did it, why they did it, and how it ultimately made the plant one of the most successful in the world.

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Robert Allen was named launch manager at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in January 2011. In this position, he is responsible for the launch of the Dodge Dart, the first vehicle resulting from the alliance between Fiat and Chrysler. As part of the launch, Allen established and implemented the Work Place Integration process (Control Room), where every operation in every work station was reviewed, best practices evaluated and processes verified before a single vehicle was built. Allen joined Chrysler Corporation in 1988 as a mechanical engineer and has held various manufacturing positions in Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, and the United States.
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