World Class Manufacturing: Stark contrasts in US, Italy

Jun 29, 2015 616

The blue and white shop floors shimmer. Machinery is spotless. Line workers in matching white and gray jackets and pants appear ready to enter operating rooms. It's nearly incomprehensible that this factory in rural southern Italy produces the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

There are few sparks and no T-shirts and torn jeans. Natural light floods workspaces. Safety is at a premium; there have been no accidents in more than four years. Production appears to run seamlessly while producing about 1,500 vehicles per day.

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