April 15, 2002: Shingo Prize to Ford Engine Plant
On April 15, 2002, Ford Motor Company’s Romeo (Michigan) Engine Plant was awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, based on its outstanding achievements in lean manufacturing.
Established in 1988 by Utah State University, the Shingo Prize is named in honor of Shigeo Shingo, creator of the original lean production system. The award is based on customer satisfaction, quality, profitability, cost and delivery, lean core operations, leadership and empowerment enablers.
Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and Chihuahua (Mexico) Engine Plant were also honored by Shingo judges for lean operations, as all Ford plants are being transformed under the Ford Production System.
The Romeo plant – home to the first of Ford’s family of modular V-8 engines – builds 2,900 engines per average day or 800,000 a year. When recognized with the Shingo Prize, the plant’s 1,600 employees were launching engines for five new 2003 models: the all-new Lincoln Aviator and the redesigned Lincoln Navigator, Mercury Marauder, Ford Expedition and Ford Mustang Cobra.
Romeo produces 19 variations of Ford’s 4.6-liter, 5.4-liter and dual-overhead-cam V-8 modular engines. In 1990, the very first 4.6-liter modular V-8 was produced for the 1990 Lincoln Town Car, which was named Motor Trend “Car of the Year.”