Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Awards Lear Hammond Certificate of Accomplishment Award
Ford Motor Company's Chicago assembly plant awarded the Lear Hammond Just-in-Time (JIT) seating plant in Indiana a Certificate of Accomplishment Award when a Tier-2 supplier had an explosion this spring stopping production. This directed supplier provides Lear with third-row cushion pans and due to the resulting magnesium fire their plant sustained an estimated $8 million in damage at its 200,000-square-foot (18,600-square-meter) site in mid-Michigan. The media reported that F-150 truck production was completely shut down for more than a week.
Located about 175 miles (280 km) southwest of the Tier-2, Lear Hammond was unable to build third-row production for 12 days that specifically affected more than 11,300 SUVs. The plant assessed what it could do as details began emerging about what would be the ongoing effect on the Tier-2's production and began retrofit three weeks after the explosion. Hammond was able to not only support normal production for Ford but also supply seats for the missed vehicles, fully completing retrofit in just over a month.
Posted on 7/19/2018