The plant in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is CNH‘s first North American Industrial facility to be awarded silver status for implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). The designation is one of the highest standards for management of manufacturing plants in the world. The Saskatoon plant produces CNH’s ag equipment brands, Case IH and New Holland, and manufactures planters, headers, air carts, and other equipment.
The award follows an independent audit in May, and earns a silver designation for achieving production process excellence and for employee knowledge base throughout the plant. The WCM program focuses on both technical and management standards, such as safety, cost, environment, quality and process. This status was achieved after just seven years of implementation.
“This is a great honor as our company is committed to achieving the highest standards in production in North America and around the world,” said Bret Lieberman, Vice President of Manufacturing, CNH Industrial North America. “Employee involvement is a vital aspect of any successful World Class Manufacturing program. All of our employees in Saskatoon should be commended for their strong commitment and achievement in making CNH Industrial’s plants among the best in the world.”
Through precise methods and standards, WCM seeks to eliminate waste and loss by identifying objectives such as zero injuries, zero defects, zero breakdowns, zero waste, reduced inventories, and suppliers’ punctual delivery of parts to plants, and subsequently to dealers and end users.
CNH Industrial has 59 plants around the world involved in WCM, now totaling nine silver level and 18 bronze level plants. Currently, 83% of CNH Industrial plants (i.e., 53 plants in all) participate in WCM, with 90% of the employees at those plants taking part in the program.