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CASE Construction Equipment Plant in Iowa Achieves Bronze Level Manufacturing Designation

Colleagues from the Burlington plant who achieved Bronze Level designation in World Class Manufacturing.
Colleagues from the Burlington plant who achieved Bronze Level designation in World Class Manufacturing.
BURLINGTON, IA — The CASE Construction Equipment manufacturing facility in Burlington, Iowa, has achieved Bronze status in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program. The Burlington plant manufactures tractor loaders, backhoes, rough-terrain forklifts and crawler dozers for the CASE brand, as well as headers for the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands and features a Research and Development Center.

Occupying 1,000,000 square feet alongside the Mississippi River and employing some 600 people, the plant has been producing equipment since 1937. The facility also includes a test laboratory set in 400 acres of proving grounds located 10 miles north of the plant.

World Class Manufacturing is one of the global manufacturing industry’s highest standards for the integrated management of manufacturing plants and processes. It is a pillar-structured system based on continuous improvement, designed to eliminate waste and loss from the production process by identifying objectives such as zero injuries, zero defects, zero breakdowns and zero waste.

To certify improvements, a system of periodic third-party audits evaluates all of the WCM pillars, forming an overall score for each plant that is the basis for three achievement levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The WCM audits in Burlington noted progress and consistency across a variety of both manufacturing and managerial areas including People Development and Environment leading to their Bronze Level designation.

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