Happy Holidays to the entire Detroit Chassis Community of Associates, Suppliers and Stakeholders,
This year has been immensely challenging for many reasons, but most of all because of the tremendous impacts the Covid 19 pandemic has had on our community.
We have been blessed. However, many in our community have lost health, employment and loved ones. We are saddened by the wide-spread suffering we see.
Rather than coming together for a holiday gathering as we have done in previous years, we, as a company, committed to marshal our resources in an effort to assist others in need. We decided to partner with three deserving community organizations, who have a well-established track record in serving basic community needs such as food, shelter and family: Gleaners, United Community Housing Coalition and The Children’s Center. Their services are in great demand. These organizations could not hold their traditional premier fund-raising events, so we sought to help fill the gap.
We partnered with UAW Local 155 to conduct a 2020 Charitable Giving Campaign with a commitment from our owners to match Associates’ giving. Our goal was $10,000. By the end of the 2020 Charitable Giving Campaign, which ran from Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 18th
We far exceeded our target by nearly 60%!
Our total raised is $16,935.00.
“Gleaners’ emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic came swiftly and on a substantial scale, starting in March,” said Terry Collia, director of marketing with Gleaners Community Food Bank. “Given that our monthly food distributions have grown from around 3.5-4 million pounds of food, to nearly 7 million, the support of community partners like Detroit Chassis is essential. On behalf of Gleaners, I want to personally thank the Detroit Chassis team and look forward to your continued involvement with our mission.”
Detroit Chassis Avon partnered with UAW Local 2000, Unit 5, to raise $420.00 for the Genesis House Domestic Violence Center, which was also matched by the owners. In addition, they conducted a food-drive that collected two hundred forty-six (246) pounds of food for The Mission Services of Goodwill Food Pantry and gave the Marines, Toys-for-Tots a full box of new name-brand toys and a beautiful bike.
Detroit Chassis is…
Committed People Delivering
World Champion Performance
to Achieve Customer Joy
On Time, All the Time, Every Time.
This is how we do it! 1DC
DCP’s COVID-19 UPDATE
Thank you to the 76 Associates that participated in June’s Detroit Chassis Associate Engagement Survey and to those that participated from DCA. All of the responses from DCA were positive and reflect that Associates feel safe while at work, and have the required PPE to perform. Responses from more of the Associates at both locations is necessary to get more of an accurate assessment.
Associates, your continued feedback is vital in helping Detroit Chassis better understand your perspective on the Safety measures relating to COVID-19. There is still more to do.
Here is a summary of the survey responses received.
1. More than 50% of Associates responded YES to Question # One – Over the past week, DCP has demonstrated that they care about me and my well-being, and I feel safe working here.
2. Question 2: 62% believe DCP is doing a GOOD job of preventing sick people from entering the building.
3. Question 3: 52% would feel very CONFIDENT about the safety of a loved one (son, daughter, sister, brother, or best friend) working for DCP.
4. Question 4: 30% strongly AGREE; 30% agree; 10% somewhat agree that if asked, they would tell their friends and family that DC’s top priority is providing a safe work environment.
5. Question 5: 95% responded YES, they received every piece of PPE that they felt was needed and requested (such as masks, etc.).
6. Question 6: 42% strongly AGREE; 40 agree, 7% somewhat agree that they understand and follow the new social distancing rules at DC, such as keeping at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and another Associate.
7. Question 7: 97% responded YES, they have convenient access to a sink or station to wash hands and use hand sanitizer.
8. Question 8: Nearly 60% responded YES, they would not come to work if they were feeling symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, unexplained tiredness): 40% responded NO. Michael Guthrie pointed out that answering this question is confusing. This question will get revised for clearer understanding.
9. Question 9: 65% responded YES, the information DCP shared before returning to work (mailing, texts, and calls) was helpful, and they knew what to expect when they returned.
10. Question 10: What recommendations do you have to help DC learn more about what it can do for your health and safety and the health and safety of your family members? MANY suggestions were provided, along with comments on the actions taken by DC to protect Associates.
Thank you for your candid feedback—the joint UAW and Mgmt. Health and Safety committee is working to strengthen Safety protocols now that the team can meet regularly. Based on the feedback received and in the spirit of continuous improvement, cleaning protocols are getting enhanced.
Stay tuned for the next survey later this month.
DCA Associates at the Town Hall Meeting Friday, June 26, 2020
DETROIT CHASSIS AVON
David Forney, Interim Plant Manager, welcomed 24 new hires at June’s Town Hall meeting at Detroit Chassis Avon in Avon Lake, Ohio. He thanked UAW Local 2000 members for assisting in training and preparation of the new Associates for the start of the second shift. He is encouraged by the teamwork displayed and let every member know they are valuable. “Having you on the team makes a difference.” David Forney, Interim Plant Manager
Congratulations Durrell Brooks, Production Associate, who won a Makita Tool Bag during the general raffle. Al Brown, UAW Team Member, also won a $ 25 Gift Card from Meijer’s.
DCA’s COVID-19 UPDATE
David Forney, Interim Plant Manager, reported that 94% of the workforce is still going strong following the COVID-19 pandemic and that there have been no cases of COVID-19 identified at DCA since the return to production.
The team continues to have their temperatures taken upon entering the building and certify they are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Associates practice wearing required masks as part of daily PPE, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.
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DCP’s COVID-19 UPDATE
Michael Hinton, Toya Jones, Sakina Goodman, Toni Siders, Edwina Milligan, Shana Smith and Andre Humes
Kudos to the team for extraordinary efforts in getting Associates back to work. Detroit Chassis, like many companies, was challenged and tasked with gaining momentum and reopening after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her approval for companies to return to production.
The struggle was real and known by our customers. Senior leaders within Ford Motor Company were aware and wanted daily updates on the team’s plan to progress. The plan involved retaining and motivating Associates, and by helping them to understand the vital role that each Associate plays in the production process.
The DC team coached and counseled Associates on new protocols, social distancing, and communicated openly regarding COVID-19 at the plant.
Production Associates embraced this approach and appreciated the enhancements to the Personal Protective Equipment policy.
Since the return to regular production, there has been one case identified and, the team responded immediately by implementing protocols to address the Associate with care, performing contact tracing, and limiting the spread. A new App is now used for Associates to self-certify each morning electronically and this reduces the amount of time it takes to complete the entry process daily.
They say, “When times get tough, the tough get going.” Well, that has never been truer anywhere than it is here at Detroit Chassis! I’m so grateful to be a part of such an amazing family of co-workers. The COVID-19 pandemic hit our community, especially hard and when we returned to work very much shorthanded. I watched with amazement as DCP Associates pitched in to cover two or three and even four jobs each to protect our promise of delivering customer joy!!
The team showed an unbelievable fight to accomplish what MOST places would have deemed impossible! Thirteen units were built with more than 60% of our workforce unavailable! With our business at risk and our customers hurting for our product, Human Capital, Human Resources, and the UAW teamed into action collectively working together to save the business!
“There were early morning and late-night conference calls, and seven-day workweeks to begin to build the team back up. I’m so thankful to them all.”
“As a result of their efforts, and a ‘win-at-all-cost-attitude’ from our entire company, more than 70 referrals have been received by DCP Associates! That Detroit fighting spirit fuels me and makes me feel so very fortunate to be a part of the DCP family.”
“We still have much to do, but there is no doubt that this team is more than up to the challenge of getting back to full strength and delivering on our promise of 100% Customer Joy! We are still accepting referrals and still improving daily as the chart below shows. Let’s keep the momentum going DCP! Ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move!”
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DETROIT CHASSIS PLANT
- Detroit Chassis has been busy making enhancements to the quality operating system.
- Additional Quality Gate Inspectors were added to the process along with additional torque operators using the latest technology in the industry for auditing torque. Staffing in this area increased by 500%.
- A Manufacturing Excellence System (MES) has been added to the I-Shaft installation process.
- A Batch-and-hold 24-hour process is now in place so that any issues identified can get addressed before units ship to improve customer satisfaction.
- An MES is planned for Rear Axles in July 2020. It will:
- Ensure there are no leaks and that fluid volume is correct.
- Confirm all of the correct parts were used and verify torque.
- Axles will not pass this station if there is an issue.
Plans include installing a larger scale of MES throughout the plant at all delta critical stations.
“There is a proverb in Scripture which says ‘A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words.’ In other words, we need to put in action what we say to reap the benefits. I am excited to say that there are additional quality actions that are taking place now and ones planned for the future that will reap benefits for DCP, Ford, and our customers.”
VP Engineering – Detroit Chassis Plant
Associates preparing items for packaging in the newly designed dunnage box preparation area.
DETROIT CHASSIS AVON
Tony Rollison, UAW Local 200 Steward/Materials Handler, Chino Gonzales, Maintenance Technician, Jim Henson, Engineering Manager and David Forney, Interim Plant Manager
Detroit Chassis Avon awarded Agueybano “Chino” Gonzalez, Maintenance Technician, the Employee of the Month recognition for June 2020. Chino was recognized earlier this month at a Town Hall meeting. He received a $25 Gift Card for having demonstrated an excellent quality of work along with a stellar attitude.
He has been with Detroit Chassis since August 03, 2015, and is currently the only Maintenance Technician. He worked to keep Detroit Chassis Avon, functioning, since the return to production from the mandated COVID-19 Pandemic shut-down by Governor Mike DeWine.
Agueybano “Chino” Gonzalez Maintenance Technician
THANK YOU, to Chino Gonzalez, from the UAW Local 2000 and the Detroit Chassis Leadership team.
Keep up the good work!
DCA’s COVID-19 UPDATE
David Forney, Interim Plant Manager, reported that 94% of the workforce returned following the COVID-19 pandemic and that there have been no cases of COVID-19 identified at DCA since the return to production.
The team continues to practice the wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing to help combat the spread of the disease.
All Associates have their temperatures taken upon entering the building each day and certify they are not experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
DCA PREPARES FOR 2ND SHIFT
The plant will start second-shift production Monday, June 22, 2020, to meet increased customer demand. We added 24 new Associates who will complete training on the first-shift before assignment to the second. Both shifts will run Monday – Thursday until further notice.
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DPS Corona Resource Page – Food pickup sites, academic information, and Corona positive cases through DPS schools
DPS Resource Page
City of Detroit COVID 313 – Resources for families including utility relief, free Wi-fi, housing, and more
Scholly – $200 cash assistance for families with students
SC holly Application Page
Pantry.Net – Food Pantry locator
Forgotten Harvest – Food resources & appointments
Forgotten Harvest Website
Gleaners Community Food Bank – Food resources & place to donate for those in need
Detroit Food Updates – Updates on your favorite restaurants’ hours & operation during COVID – 19
Detroit Food Website
Great Start Wayne – Daily food pantry & warm meal updates for the homeless and those in need
Eater Detroit – List of grocery stores that offer curbside pickup and delivery in Detroit
Michigan Bridges – Food delivery or meals for those who are older than 60
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