The Mopar Parts Distribution Center
(PDC) in Center Line, Michigan, has earned Bronze status in FCA’s World Class Logistics (WCL) methodology, making it the first FCA distribution unit in North America to reach an award level in the program.
Similar to the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology, WCL empowers distribution operations through FCA US LLC to systematically reduce waste and improve quality by focusing on 10 technical and 10 managerial key pillars.
“We are committed to being all in service of the people who drive us,” said Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “To fulfil our brand promise, we need to deliver the right part at the right time with the right quality. One way to do this is by becoming more efficient and holding ourselves to high operational standards. This is why I want to congratulate the nearly 300 employees at the Center Line PDC, who have embraced the WCL principle and are now striving for Silver, as we continue to spread the WCL methodology throughout our global parts supply chain.”
The Center Line PDC, located in Metro Detroit, earned its Bronze status during a recent two-day audit. Dr. Luciano Massone, lead auditor and former president of the World Class Manufacturing Association, along with WCL auditor John Weist, commended Center Line for its workplace and logistics integration to improve productivity. The auditors also recognized the achievements in safety and quality as well as the overall approach towards the development of cost-effective parts distribution processes.
In 2017, the warehouse quality in Center Line improved by 16 percent, energy consumption decreased by 11 percent and productivity gains reached five percent, with further improvements in 2018.
Center Line shipped close to 72 million parts last year, and is one of more than 50 Mopar PDCs around the world, with 23 located in North America.
Last year, FCA US opened two new parts distribution centers in the U.S., with a combined investment of $22.6 million generating more than 170 jobs.