Gladstone (FECT) plant in Columbus, Indiana earns Ford Q1 recognition
Site life / 2016/03/01
Faurecia’s Gladstone Plant (FECT) in Columbus, Indiana celebrated the reinstatement of its Q1 certification from Ford Motor Company on February 23. Faurecia and Ford commemorated the event at the facility, which produces components for several Ford vehicles, including the Mustang, Escape, Flex, Fusion, Econoline and Lincoln MKC.
The plant, which first received Q1 in 1990, had to meet stringent criteria in order to once again earn the important distinction. Doug Cooper, Gladstone LVE’s plant manager, said that the plant worked harder and applied more effort to once more fly Ford’s ultimate symbol of supplier excellence. He added, “Our focus now is to ensure that the foundation of excellence and continuous improvement that we celebrate today is a lasting part of our partnership with Ford and Faurecia’s our culture and DNA.”
Ford representatives commemorated alongside Faurecia’s leadership and employees, and expressed how important Faurecia’s Excellence System (FES) was in aligning itself to Q1 standards and acquiring the certification, which about 65% of Ford’s supplier plants hold.
“Our celebration today recognizes our accomplishments in leveraging FES more effectively. In striving to meet the expectations of our customer, we have once again established the Gladstone plant as a world-class facility, committed to not only the partnership and commitment we share with Ford, but also to the future of our industry,” Dave DeGraaf, President of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies North America, said.
Most important, Faurecia’s leadership focused on employees’ contributions in re-earning Q1. “Our ability to reclaim the Q1 designation was the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the people in this plant,” said Cooper.
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