Lear Montgomery Seating Plant Honored as Assembly Plant of the Year by ASSEMBLY Magazine
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lear Corporation (NYSE:
LEA), one of the world's largest automotive interior suppliers, today
announced its Montgomery, Ala. seating plant has been named Assembly
Plant of the Year by ASSEMBLY Magazine, a leading industry publication
for manufacturing and design engineers, managers and assembly
professionals. In addition to an award ceremony that was held at Lear's
facility in Montgomery last month, Lear is featured on the cover of the
November issue of ASSEMBLY.
Lear's Montgomery Seating Plant has the distinction of being the
first automotive supplier to win the award. The plant was selected from
approximately 100 nominations from a wide range of U.S. industries,
including automotive, aerospace, appliance, medical devices, electronics
and consumer goods.
"Being the first automotive supplier to receive the Assembly Plant of
the Year award from ASSEMBLY Magazine is a tribute to Lear's
world-class manufacturing processes and the teamwork of our employees,"
said Bob Rossiter, Lear Chairman & CEO. "Lear Montgomery is a
shining example of our company's commitment to innovation and our
dedication to providing our customers the best service and quality in
Constructed in 2004 for Hyundai's Sonata & Santa Fe program
launch, Lear's Montgomery Seating Plant is a 94,000 square-foot facility
which includes 84,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The facility
is located on a 20- acre lot and was designed with the ability to
expand as Hyundai grows. The plant employs 41 salary and 367 hourly
Montgomery utilizes self-directed teams who manage their own budget,
attendance, job assignments, housekeeping and performance discipline.
Each team member is certified to perform each of the assigned team
operations and team leaders are rotated every six months. The
advantages of working in teams include increased ownership, morale and
accountability for the plant's employees.
"Empowering our self-directed work groups to make decisions has
cultivated an attitude of ownership in each employee," said Duk Kim,
Lear Montgomery Plant Manager. "This philosophy creates a culture of
awareness and accountability among our team members and the positive
influence is reflected in the impact to our bottom line."
One of the key factors in the selection of the Montgomery Seating
Plant for this noteworthy award is the way the Lear Montgomery team has
successfully applied new technology, such as DC electric tools and Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID), to build car seats just a few hours
before they are installed in Hyundai vehicles.
Montgomery uses a Quality Gate PC-Based Interlock System which
improves overall seat quality by monitoring the seat build process.
This system works in conjunction with the RFID system to provide
positive seat identification and data tracking. RFID ensures a
defective seat will not be allowed out of the system until fully
Montgomery also uses RFID in the outbound shipping process, along
with Laser Displacement Technology to ensure its products are loaded in
the correct sequence and position when being transported to its
customer. And by using DC electric torque tools as opposed to pneumatic
tools, Lear Montgomery has greatly improved the accuracy of threaded
"It was Lear Montgomery's success in implementing innovative
processes, such as RFID and DC electric tools, which led us to select
the location as this year's Assembly Plant of the Year winner," said
Austin Weber, senior editor of ASSEMBLY Magazine.
The Assembly Plant of the Year award was established in 2004 to
showcase manufacturing facilities that have applied world-class
processes to reduce production cost, increase productivity, shorten time
to market, or improve product quality. The award was open to all
manufacturers that assemble products in the United States.
Lear Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of
automotive interior systems and components. Lear provides complete seat
systems, electronic products and electrical distribution systems and
other interior products. With annual net sales of $17.1 billion in
2005, Lear ranks #127 among the Fortune 500. Lear's world-class
products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of
115,000 employees at 282 locations in 34 countries. Lear's headquarters
are in Southfield, Michigan, and Lear is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol [LEA]. Further information about Lear is
available on the Internet at http://www.lear.com/ .
SOURCE: Lear Corporation
CONTACT: Investor Relations: Mel Stephens, +1-248-447-1624, or
Andrea Puchalsky, +1-248-447-1651, both of Lear Corporation
Web site: http://www.lear.com/
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Posted on 11/7/2006