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Published on Dec 3, 2015
Accuride Erie Operations is one of two Accuride plants in the United States dedicated solely to the manufacturing of forged aluminium wheels for the North American commercial vehicle industry. Erie Operations contains forge presses and advanced heat treat technology, coupled with best-in-class automated aluminium wheel machining and polishing technology.
The AME assessment team highlighted Accuride Erie Operations’ continuous improvement philosophy, observing management driving a culture of metrics-based performance to satisfy customer needs. The assessors also praised the facility’s standout strengths of detailed level planning of plan-for-every-part (PFEP), well-organized product development data, and their strong focus on material flow improvements utilizing value stream mapping, visual kanban pull processes and more. The AME assessment team noted, “One of the most impressive aspects of the site visit was the obvious and visible cooperation with the UAW union. Union leadership clearly respects management and supports the continuous improvement effort. It was obvious there is a great deal of goal sharing, collaboration and respect.”